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15th October 2002
Zulu on DVD
Zulu is re-released on DVD on 4th November! Starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobbson, James Booth, Michael Caine and Nigel Green, Zulu has become best known for grippingly capturing the tension and terror of combat as wave upon wave of warriors are unleashed on the tiny garrison of Rorke's Drift. The DVD also features a 45 minute "making of" documentary, and is currently only Region 2 (Europe, SA and Asia). Retail price is listed at £19.99, but no doubt there are deals to be had!
Available from all good video stores.
See our review of the film.
 
13th October 2002
Chard map
Chard mapThe map that Lt. Chard drew of the battle at Rorke's Drift is now online . Many thanks to Martin Everett of the Royal Regiment of Wales Museum in Brecon (http://www.rrw.org.uk) for kindly allowing us to use this image.
Click here to view the map
 
18th September 2002
Book reviews
* A new section has been added: Book Reviews. Over the coming months, new books will be reviewed by eminent experts in the field, as well as regular contributors to this website. If you would like to submit a review to be added, please email us at books@rorkesdriftvc.com
 
15th September 2002
Zulu War Experience addition
Further to our news item about the Zulu War Experience, we have more news of the dinner being put on:
In conjunction with the Zulu War Experience, Saturday 12th October 2002, Cliffe Memorial Hall
Guest of honour, HRH Prince Velekhaya Shange (Gt. Grandson of the Zulu commander at Rorke's Drift)
Special guest actor Kenneth Griffith (The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves etc)
After Dinner, 'Rorke's Drift', a talk by John Young - Author of 'They Fell Like Stones' and chairman of the Anglo Zulu War Research Society
4 Courses including South African wine, licensed bar. £30.00, Limited number of tickets available. For details and tickets, phone 01634 221929

 
14th August 2002
Durnford's grave
Alan Critchley (RDVC), Ron Lock and Peter Quantrill (South African historians) have decided that they will cover the cost jointly of restoring the grave of Durnford in Pietermaritzberg. We will supply pictures of the restoration on this site when it is completed.


 
9th August 2002
Zulu War Experience in Kent
A date for your diaries - 12th and 13th October. The Zulu Experience is back! To be held in Cliff, Kent it will feature the Die Hard Re-enactment group, exhibitions, model displays and stalls. On the evening of Saturday 12th a dinner will also be held which will be attended by HRH Prince Velekhaya Shange and Ken Griffiths (Actor in Four Weddings and a Funeral with a special interest in the Anglo Zulu War) who,amongst others, will be special guests. A talk will also be given by John Young, Chairman of the Anglo Zulu War Research Society. The meal will be three course, with wine included and tickets will be available for around £30.00. To confirm the venue and numbers, the organisers are asking that people telephone 01634 221929 if interested. The event will be free of charge to attend if tickets for the dinner are purchased, otherwise entry will be £2.50.
 
23rd April 2002
Zulu War Experience
Following on from the huge success last year, The Zulu War Experience is returning! On 22nd and 23rd June, at Benger's public house, Rolvenden Layne, Tenterden, Kent a two day exhibition with films, sounds artifacts, books, prints and models depicting the incredible conflict of 1879 will be held.
Chat with enthusiasts and historians whilst sampling wine and food of a South African flavour! For further details please contact the organisers on 01634 221929 or the pub on 01580 241837.
 
5th March 2002
Every little helps!
We have launched the "Donation Wall".
This will help offset some of the running costs of this website. Your assistance is much appreciated.
 
19th February 2002
Discusson forum
* The much used discussion forum has had a make-over! We have also added a very useful feature - it is now possible to order the discussions by the latest post (reply) in any topic, so you can always see which discussion topics are the most active! Use the "click here" link at the top of the page to cycle between the two systems. The brief description will also always show you the date of the last post in that topic (a much requested feature).
Please give us any feedback you might have, and please also bear in mind that we run this site entirely on the goodwill and kind donations from our visitors (Please see the donations page for more details)... We have created this site entirely from scratch, and the discussion forum is an example of coding that has been created to match the needs of our users. Please consider donating a little something towards the upkeep of RDVC.com, as (understandably) the costs have begun to spiral quite alarmingly.
 
23rd January 2002
Multimedia section
A new section 'Multimedia' has been added to the site. It has been a year since our visit to Rorke's Drift, and to mark the occasion, we have edited some of the footage we took at the time. The first of these videos "Rorke's Drift" is now available. It lasts just over 10 minutes, and features some of the features of Rorke's Drift, along with a stirring rendition of the battle for the hospital, by David Charles. The video is available in a number of formats ranging from a streaming Windows Media file for modem users, to a full broadband-enabled version. We have also catered for Macintosh users with a version in QuickTime.
 
4th January 2002
New Year cheer
• A new section 'Your Stories' has been added to the site. We recognised that many people have been to Rorke's Drift, Isandhlwana and the other battlefields in South Africa, and have now provided a place for you to post your travelogues or stories from you trip. Email us with your contribution, and we will add it as soon as we can. The section is started by Chuck Hoskinson, Ex US Army, and his travelogue from his trip to the battlefields.
• The new 2002 Events section is now live, with details of the forthcoming events in the UK relating to Rorke's Drift and The Anglo Zulu War. If you have any events you wish to publicise, please contact us.
alan@rorkesdriftvc.com

 
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