Battle of Rorke's Drift Coffee Mug!
This custom 11oz coffee mug features 2 images
- Alphonse de Neuville's famous painting The Defense of Rorke's Drift
- Chard's hand-drawn map of Rorke's Drift and the Zulu attack
This shiny mug is dishwasher and microwave safe
See below for more historical background.
The Battle of Rorke's Drift
, also known as the Defense of Rorke's Drift
, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command ofLieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January.
Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive, but piecemeal,
Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the tiny garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.