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  1. The British: 139. Zulu Warriors: 4,000. Let Battle Begin Young officer Michael Caine awaits the attack of Zulu warriors in the 1964 movie by Ray Setterfield Published: April 24, 2016 The Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place in South Africa on this day and is remembered as one of the world’s most remarkable military engagements. It was to be commemorated in 1964 with the release of the film Zulu, giving Michael Caine his first major screen role. Britain was intent on expanding its territory and influence in South Africa in the 1870s and had declared war on the Kingdom of Zululand. Rorke’s Drift was a mission station near the border between the British colony of Natal and the Zulu Kingdom and had been occupied by British troops. When the battle began, though, only 139 soldiers were encamped there. They had no idea what lay in store. At 4.20pm on January 22, 1879 a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors began to lay siege to the station. Their intermittent attacks were to last for almost twelve hours. Fortunately for the British, although some of the Zulus had old muskets and antiquated rifles, most were armed only with a short spear called an assegai and a shield made of cowhide. So in weaponry they were no match for the highly trained soldiers with their (then) sophisticated rifles and firepower. But the manpower advantage lay massively in favour of the Zulus. By 4am, after nearly 12 hours repulsing wave after wave of attacks involving hand-to-hand combat, a number of British soldiers lay dead. Most of the others were exhausted, rapidly running out of ammunition, and probably in no condition to repel another assault. But they didn’t have to. As dawn broke they saw that the Zulus were gone, leaving behind a battleground littered with the dead and dying. Zulu casualties were around 500, while the British sustained 17 dead and 10 wounded. The Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest medal for bravery. Eleven were awarded to the defenders of Rorke's Drift – the most ever received in a single action by one regiment. According to American military historian Victor Davis Hanson: “In the long annals of military history it is difficult to find anything quite like Rorke's Drift, where a beleaguered force, outnumbered forty to one, survived and killed twenty men for every defender lost.” Event Date: January 22, 1879 Event Location: Rorke's Drift, Natal Province, South Africa
  2. Old Pueblo Shootist’s annual 2 day shoot “DUEL IN THE DESERT” is coming on April 4th and 5th at the Tombstone Livery. Plan to shoot a mix of fun old time and contemporary stages over the 2 days. Sunday will bring great awards and lots of door prizes. We hope to see you then! Applications are available on the OPSA website. http://www.oldpuebloshootists.com/
  3. Stonewall Jackson Full Name: Thomas Jonathan Jackson Profession: Confederate General Nationality: American Why Famous: Confederate general during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. Military historians consider him to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history. Born: January 21, 1824 Birthplace: Clarksburg, Virginia, USA Star Sign: Aquarius Died: May 10, 1863 (aged 39) Cause of Death: Pneumonia
  4. Update - match will be limited to 50 shooters. Please pm me or drop an email to oldpug@q.com if you intend to join us so we can assure you a place in the match. Too Tall Bob
  5. Well, back to the original subject - 8 stage match, Pima Cowboys, Feb. 8th. Winter Range warm up. More info at www.pimacowboys.com
  6. I too have been trying to reach them. No answers to emails or voice mails or texts.
  7. Possibly - could be accompanied with side matches of snow shoveling or bait casting - weather event dictated of course. We are anticipating great weather for shooting.
  8. February 8th - the Pima Cowboys will be shooting 8 stages of Cowboy shooting fun. First round down range at 9 a.m. Take the opportunity to get your inner gunfighter tuned and ready to go! More info at www.Pimacowboys.com
  9. Send an email. Brett is very good on following up on emails.
  10. 1835 US national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history
  11. I figured I’d give all you “snow bound” folks something different to b- - - h about! Can’t have you falling out of character now can we?
  12. 1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  13. 2007 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House
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