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Phil Read


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There are some very interesting items owned by John Chard's descendants coming up for sale at a Bonham's auction next month.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8948469/Lieutenants-anxiety-inducing-notes-Battle-Rorke's-Drift-auction-15-000.html
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Alan
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I put a few responses in the Daily Mail comments section.

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Colin


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With Rorke’s Drift cropping up in the news/papers more often than any other battle in the Zulu War 1879, I must admit, that I almost sent the BBC a story idea about Isandhlwana on a couple of occasions, obviously happening just before the more famous event known to the wider public, to be shown on a future Anniversary of both battles, maybe in 2022/23.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10725415


I felt it would have provided a bit more of a context for Rorke’s Drift, and why it was given more coverage than the massacre beforehand.

In my opinion, I consider Isandhlwana too, a historical event of public interest, due to so many men being killed, and therefore being many descendants of both the British forces and Zulu warriors, that may want a fuller televised story, by a channel that’d cover it impartially.

There is the unlikely chance of a new film or even documentary any time soon, but a BBC news investigation-type programme might bring it more to the fore...as it is a media that attracts huge audiences.

I was going to add to the comments section in the Daily Mail too, but some of the responses put me off completely.

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I don't think the BBC would accept anything unless it supported their views on the 'naughty' British Empire.

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I have noticed that the BBC News, on their site anyway, does occasionally include articles of interest from history, even further back than 1879.

Recently, in the last few days, there was an articles about the cover up of a massacre during the English Civil War, unknown until a historian delved a bit deeper into the story.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-England-nottinghamshire-54973017

I’m only vaguely aware of the events of the English Civil War myself, but it made interesting reading.

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/civil-war-shelford-massacre-cover-up

In my own opinion, I think if Rorke’s Drift is going to be covered, it really needs to include the previous engagement to sort of ‘balance it out’ - Zulu victory followed by British victory - though as you refer to, the thinking may have changed.

There has been so much more written and found out about Isandhlwana, it really needs updating in the public’s eye, instead of just the glimpse of it, very much like we get at the beginning of ZULU.

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