The defenders of Rorke's Drift had 20,000 bullets at the start of battle. Guess how many they had left when the battle ended...

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The Battle of Rorke’s Drift raged for a day and a night in 1879. Barely 150 British soldiers held an isolated post against 4,000 determined Zulu warriors. It became legendary after the film Zulu was released in 1964, starring Stanley Baker and a young Michael Caine.

When the battle began, the defenders possessed a total of 20,000 bullets. After the battle ended the next morning, the British officers took stock of the ammunition and found they had only 900 rounds remaining.

This discovery, that only 5% of their ammunition remained after fighting ended, shows just how close Rorke’s Drift came to being a total massacre of the British.

Do you want to know more about the real story of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift? Then read The Reel Story: Zulu.

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