they could outrun Zulus, a fact shown by them outrunning the Zulus when they headed away from Rourke's Drift before the battle started
Yes harry,blah blah,the film was good,but its not a documentry.......the Zulus ran when the mounted troops from the main column arrived...........they didnt bugger off after 3 verses of men of harlech......
To quote Ian Knight:
""In fact, powerful though the image of a 'warrior nation' armed only with spears is, the truth - as usual - was far more complex. The Zulu army was already in possession of many thousands of firearms before the Anglo-Zulu War began. These had been obtained from white traders. Most were weapons which were 20 or 30 years old - long since obsolete in European armies - and they were often in poor repair
Yes, I always quote from the first page I find on bing too...............
read the rest of it,or another few sources and you will find that Ian Knight was talking about the entire Zulu army, not the small force that attacked rorkes drift.
Reading further on that same page it also states that the few Zulus armed with obsolete muzzle loading rifles did not know how to use them,many simply did not fire and,from other sources,were often more of a status symbol than something actually used in battle. Again,twist what you like, but ask yourself this,why am I a Briton dismissing you an Australians' account of a British battle,for what purpose?please stay on topic