It a reasonable piece which points which points out some of the films historical inaccuracies Including the fact that take the British regiment who’d actually fought against the Zulus – the 24th (The 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot – and rename them the South Wales Borderers – despite the fact that platoon would not actually come in to being until 1881.
The truth also went awry in the scene where one new recruit to the garrison is told, “This is a Welsh regiment, although there are some foreigners in it, mind”, the homegrown infantry in the 24th regiment having actually been outstripped 49 to 32 by the English.
|A film over the defence of British Colonialism?|
I've blogged about this before but I think its worth while repeating myself.
Of the soldiers present at Roakes Drift , 49 were English, 32 Welsh, 16 Irish and 22 others of indeterminate nationality
Breakdown of British and colonial casualties:
1st/24th Foot: 4 killed or mortally wounded in action; 2 wounded
2nd/24th Foot: 9 killed or mortally wounded in action; 9 wounded
Commissariat and Transport Department: 1 killed in action; 1 wounded
Natal Mounted Police: 1 killed in action; 1 wounded
1st/3rd NNC: 1 killed in action
2nd/3rd NNC: 2 wounded
Three hundred and fifty-one Zulu bodies were counted after the battle, Something Wales Online seem to miss missed.and it has been estimated that at least 500 wounded and captured Zulus might have been massacred.
In fact that whilIe can't deny the heroism of those involved the defence .The 11 Victoria Crosses were largely a public relation and moral boosting exercise after the disaster of Battle of Isandlwana where the Zulu's had killed 1300 troop
An early form of spin doctring in fact
One aspect that is often ignored by Wales Online and most reviewers is that the film Zulu was actually based on the Western Apache Drums where a group of Welsh Settlers sing it as a response when trapped in a Barn and surrounded Apache chanting in the manner of the Zulus by launching into ' Men of Harlech and in Welsh this time.
I agree that Zulu was a great film but is it not time we asked the question 2Why Welshmen or even others were in a far away country fighting people who were defending theirs.
Prehaps we ned a film from the Zulu viewpoint and how they in order to defend thier land from foreign invasion charged superior fire-power and died in their hundreds.
Is colonialism anything to be proud of ?
Is it not also something of a shame that this historical inaccurate film raises such identification amongst the people of Wales . When our own history is largely ignored by them edia.