Anybody NOT seen 'Zulu?'


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  • 2 weeks later...

Don't worry Melissa, it'll be on at Christmas !

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I used to live about 40 miles south of the "Little Big Horn" battlefield. It is a VERY interesting place to visit. It is true he was an arrogant man - he rode a white horse and wore white leather jacket and leggings - I guess he didn't think that would make him a target! It was his arrogance that lost him the battle - the Americans had him outnumbered, and probably had more weapons available than he had. I doubt that even a Gatling gun would have helped - he was basically surrounded and his support was effectively cut off. He underestimated the number, strength and skill of his opponents - a brilliant recipe for defeat!

I would give anything to go there, it looks a most haunting place to visit from some of the TV documentaries I've seen on the subject. I've been to many famous battle sites, I'm not a religious person, but they all give off powerful 'auras' in some respect, especially Flodden Field above all others. I went there during one stunning sunset and stood at the monument on top of the hill, the spot where the Royal Family of Scotland was decimated in 1513, the place really gave me the shivers, I'll never forget it. Another strange event occurred at the site of the Battle of Hastings while on a family holiday, I was mucking about taking pictures and jokingly got the 'mob' to re-enact the battle on the terrace of Battle Abbey. When I got the slides back, 'the mob' had somehow superimposed itself on the panoramic view that I took of the site of the battle, with that sophisticated Canon camera I had at the time (early 80's), it was impossible for this to happen, but it did, somehow.

Custer made the mistake of splitting his cavalry into three squads, one was to assault the river, under Benteen, the other was to outflank the village under Reno, while Custer was to charge around the flank and assault the Sioux from the high ground on the other side. They completely underestimated the number of Native Americans involved, the Sioux being reinforced by the Cheyenne. There were thousands of warriors opposing just a few hundred American soldiers, a huge column of supporting troops was on it's way but Custer was impatient and couldn't wait for them. Benteen had cannon and Gatling guns but was forced to retreat into the woods to protect his troops, Reno was merely a bystander. Custer ignored all this and galloped past Reno to attempt to take the high ground to the North East, Crazy Horse spotted this and rode at least 1000 warriors back through the village to cut off Custer and his 200+ troopers and prevent him reaching the high ground, he succeeded perfectly, Custer was left stranded in the middle of nowhere. Due to the massacres that Custer's men had perpetrated on the unfortunate Sioux in the past, no quarter was given, and who could blame them.

In the end, Benteen and Reno were made the scapegoats and courtmartialled, why, because Custer was considered a hero and being groomed for a political career, he had friends in high places. They were subsequently found not guilty, but it wrecked their lives.

I've talked to my cousin and found the name of my Great Great etc uncle at Rorkes Drift, will try to track him down.

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Benteen and Reno saw through Custer's ego as soon as they were first assigned to him. He used to go galloping off on his own into dangerous territory and leave his troops leaderless, they hated him as a commander, but the powers that be let him get on with it, they thought he was sacrosanct. It's interesting to read how much Crazy Horse and Custer were so much similar in character, except that CH would never sacrifice or abandon his braves.

I love Native American Indians, in my view they are the greatest of all races, they were so in touch with the planet in all of it's aspects. Where are they today, shunned and living like scum. I have a friend who is descended from a Cheyenne warrior chief, his stories are painful to hear

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  • 3 years later...

Still not seen Zulu despite recording it some years ago! Was it on over Christmas again, or perhaps the new year period?

The only Zulu I've seen up to now is the one at Drayton Manor Park...

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This reminds me of Zulu sung to the tune of Men of Harlech (courtesy Wiki)

A slightly ruder version of the last verse was often sung whilst walking on Kinderscout

 

What's the good of wearing braces,
Vests and pants and boots with laces,
Spats or hats you buy in places
Down in Brompton Road?
What's the use of shirts of cotton,
Studs that always get forgotten?
These affairs are simply rotten:
Better far is woad.
Woad's the stuff to show, men.
Woad to scare your foemen:
Boil it to a brilliant hue
And rub it on your back and your abdomen.
Ancient Briton ne'er did hit on
Anything as good as woad to fit on
Neck, or knees, or where you sit on.
Tailors, you be blowed.
Romans came across the Channel
All wrapped up in tin and flannel:
Half a pint of woad per man'll
Dress us more than these.
Saxon, you can waste your stitches
Building beds for bugs in britches:
We have woad to clothe us, which is
Not a nest for fleas.
Romans keep your armours;
Saxons your pyjamas:
Hairy coats were meant for goats,
Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.
 
Tramp up Snowdon with our woad on:
Never mind if we get rained or blowed on.
Never want a button sewed on.
Go it, Ancient B's

 

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