Zulu Dawn

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In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Despite the defeat, the Zulus are first humiliated at Roark's Drift and then crushed at the Battle of Ulundi

Comments (11)

  • Alex

    almost 2 years ago


    Great film, just wish I could watch it on my laptop in the garden

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  • aram kurd

    over 2 years ago

    aram kurd


  • micky the scots zulu warrier#

    over 2 years ago

    micky the scots zulu warrier#

    great film, what are u all wimping about?

  • shaun burnie

    over 2 years ago

    shaun burnie

    Steve from Oban - suggest you red Tom Devine's book on Scotland's diaspora and the role we played in the empire - not sure about the rest of you but I was definitely rooting for the zulus ! What the hell we "we" doing there ?

  • graham

    over 2 years ago


    Mor accurate than Zulu but still loads of myths perpetuated. Like the refusal by the quartermaster to supply a regiment other than his own. The Martini Henry rifle was more likely to jam before the squaddie ran out of bullets. There was an excellent edition of Battefield Detectives that used evidence from the field itself to provide an accurate picture. Shame it has not been repeated and I can't find it on any catch up site

  • john

    over 2 years ago


    Lord chemsford was saved by Queen VICTORIA,so he got away with it not like the poor blokes there. The upper classes always look after themselves. nice eh!!!

  • john

    over 2 years ago


    Lord Chemsford was saved by the Queen,Victoria,nice eh!!

  • Raymond Watson

    over 2 years ago

    Raymond Watson

    The only truth about this film is the battle. The true heroes were the 24/41 Foot, later the Royal Regiment of Wales. I served with them for 3years.

  • Steve from Oban

    over 2 years ago

    Steve from Oban

    Thank you Channel 5 for showing 'Zulu Dawn', this is a fantastic movie and is much more accurately fact based than the 1964 film 'Zulu'. I think 'Zulu Dawn' is a splendid example of a great film, it's got it all. I wish someone would make a 3rd film, to follow-on from 'Zulu' and show the great battles afterwards in which we overcame the Zulu warriors and won the day.

  • Caryll Durnford

    over 2 years ago

    Caryll Durnford

    I wonder why Burt Lancaster played Colonel Durnford as an Irishman. He was stationed in Ireland but was very much an English Gentleman. He was my 5th cousin Caryll Durnford