Lord Chelmsford had marched into Zululand with the ill fated third column en route to Isandlwana, leaving behind him a disgruntled B company of the 2/24th to guard the Post at Rorke's Drift under the command of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. Together with fellow officer Lieutenant John Chard RE and a handful of brave men, he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life as the epic story of the defence of Rorke's Drift began to unfold.
There were more Victoria Crosses awarded for the defence of Rorke's Drift than for any other single action in British military history. This is an account of the gripping events at Rorke's Drift - a narrative based on historic documents first hand accounts and personal observation. It is a tale of immense human courage and sacrifice and the stuff of which legends are made.