W. Britain Model Figures and Toy Soldiers 20208 Zulu Waiting to Advance
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W. Britain Model Figures and Toy Soldiers 20208 Zulu Waiting to Advance. The Zulu who advanced on the mission station at Rorke's Drift had been spoiling for a fight. They had been waiting in reserve most of the day during the Battle of Isandlwana, 22 Jan. 1879. They patiently watched as their comrades covered themselves in glory through the decimation of the red-coated invaders. Most of the Zulu left in reserve were married men, all in their 40s. As married men they wore the isicoco, or headring made of twisted grasses and woven into the hair, plastered with gum, and polished with beeswax to a glossy black sheen. Their total force was estimated at 4,000 and was set to storm the outpost and its 156 British defenders but still they had to wait as the unmarried iNdluyengwe regiment was first to attack. Matte finish 1/30th scale 54mm. W. Britain's Zulu War metal toy soldiers, figures and diorama supplies are the premiere matte finish choice for collectors and diorama builders. You'll find the historical Battle of Rourke's Drift well represented in individual foot figures from the British, Natal, and Zulu forces, artillery, personalities, dramatic multi-figure vignettes, and diorama accessories and supplies. Shop our extensive collection of W. Britain's Zulu War figures here. On January 22nd, 1879, a small British garrison of 139 soldiers faced an attack from a force of over 4,000 Zulu warriors at the mission station of Rorke's Drift in South Africa. Despite being outnumbered almost thirty to one, the British soldiers, led by Lieutenant John Chard and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, held off wave after wave of fierce Zulu attacks over the course of a grueling 12-hour battle. The bravery and tenacity of the British defenders ultimately prevailed, with the Zulu warriors eventually retreating. This epic battle has gone down in history as one of the most remarkable military engagements of all time, and serves as a testament to the courage and determination of the British soldiers who fought against overwhelming odds to defend their position at Rorke's Drift.