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  • The end, where the British soldiers sing "Men of Harlech" to counter the singing of the Zulu warriors. Or any time singing or volley fire appears.
    Chard: You think the Welsh can't do better than that, Owen?
    Private Owen: Well they've got a very good bass section, mind. But no top tenors, that's for sure.
  • As the Zulus push the British defenders back from the wall during their first assault, Bromhead leads a two-rank formation and begins volley fire. With each rank of redcoats firing to cover the other as it reloads then advancing forward, the formation devastates the charging Zulus with machine-like efficiency. The Zulus, who previously demonstrated enough courage to be used as human target practice, break and rout back over the wall. Later, both Chard and Bromhead lead a three-rank formation and push back the final Zulu assault.
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  • Toward the end, there is a lull in the battle. During that time the Welsh and the Zulus sing the war songs of their respective cultures. Depending on how you see it, this is either a moment of primordial kinship (sort of "All warriors are brothers") or the most badass thing ever to happen in Welsh history. Or possibly both.
  • Further on that note - any scene where the Zulus are singing. Hundreds of sonorous voices reverberating off the hillsides, beating their shields as they charge? Epic.
  • Pretty much everything Color Sgt. Bourne does or says. "Alright then, nobody told you to stop working!"
  • The injured Corporal Ferdinand Schiess killing a number of Zulu with only one good leg. He uses his crutch as a weapon and saves Lt. Chard's life. Which perhaps saved the entire battle.
  • There is the climatic battle as the hopelessly outnumbered British fight their enemy's seemingly overwhelming numbers with the intelligent kind of disciplined force multiplier tactics that were sorely missing at the Battle of Isandlwana. It's the epitome of the "thin red line" ethos and mythos the nineteenth-century British Army exemplfied in public opinion.
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  • At one point during the battle the Zulu burst into the make-shift field hospital. Surgeon Reynolds, furiously working to save the wounded, doesn't even look up as the Zulu and British soldiers fight right next to him.
  • Ardendorff's What the Hell, Hero? reaction to Bromhead's disinterest in the fate of the native levies at Isandlwana:
    Bromhead: "Damn the levies man! More cowardly blacks."
    Ardendorff: "What the hell do you mean 'cowardly blacks'? They died on your side, didn't they? And who the hell do you think is coming to wipe out your little command? The Grenadier Guards?"
  • Cpl. Allen and Pvt. Hitch are both wounded and unable to keep fighting. So, instead, they crawl about the battlefield distributing ammunition.


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