British Zulu War 2nd Warwickshire 24th Regiment of Foot Cap Badge
New Made Item: Copied directly from an original in the IMA collection. This is a brass pin worn on a soft cap used by soldiers in the 2nd Warwickshire 24th Regiment of Foot during the ZULU wars of the late 1870s.
Each depicts the SPYNX with EGYPT underneath. The Sphinx with the word Egypt’ was awarded as a Battle Honor to both the 23rd and 24th Regiments in July 1802. They were part of a force of 33 British regiments which helped to defeat Napoleon's Army in Egypt in 1801. The Sphinx was later chosen as the centerpiece of the cap badge and the collar badges of the South Wales Borderers. Today, the Sphinx is one of the devices emblazoned on the Regimental Color of The Royal Welsh.
Measures 1.75 W x 3 H.
The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defense of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January.
Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive, but piecemeal, Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the tiny garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.
Rorke's Drift was a small missionary post garrisoned by a company of the 2/24th Foot, native levies and others under the command of Lieutenant Chard, Royal Engineers, the most senior officer of the 24th present being Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. Two Boer cavalry officers, Lieutenants Adendorff and Vane, arrived to inform the garrison of the defeat at Isandhlwana. The Acting Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton persuaded Bromhead and Chard to stay and the small garrison frantically prepared rudimentary fortifications.
The Zulus first attacked at 4:30 pm. Throughout the day the garrison was attacked from all sides, including rifle fire from the heights above the garrison, and bitter hand-to-hand fighting often ensued. At one point the Zulus entered the hospital, which was stoutly defended by the wounded inside until it was set alight and eventually burnt down. The battle raged on into the early hours of 23 January but by dawn the Zulu Army had withdrawn. Lord Chelmsford and a column of British troops arrived soon afterwards. The garrison had suffered 15 killed during the battle (two died later) and 11 defenders were awarded the Victoria Cross for their distinguished defense of the post, 7 going to soldiers of the 24th Foot.
Learn more here- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rorke's_Drift
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