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Subject: Why War Movies get it right occasionally-Reply Date: March 30, 2010 12:16:18 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Scott N. Hendrix, Ph.D. <hendsn1@GMAIL.COM> It's no doubt entirely true to note that the unit which fought at Rorke's Drift wasn't anything like as Welsh as the film implies (though there is a quibble- while Monmouthshire might not have been part of Wales for administrative purposes in 1879 it's inhabitants would mostly have seen themselves as Welsh). Interestingly the film doesn't entirely disguise the substantial English (and other) element in the ranks- that most English of actors Oliver Reed effectively playing himself in the guise of Private Hook (apparently a libel on the actual Private Hook) while the sergeant major is thoroughly English. The reality, though, is that in terms of cultural memory Rorke's Drift is now a thoroughly Welsh affair- no doubt assisted by the fact that most of the VCs awarded for that action ended up physically in a regimental museum in Wales. References to Rorke's Drift used to be a commonplace of sportswriting cliche whenever a Welsh rugby team dug out a narrow win by last ditch defensive heroics. Brian G H Ditcham Jasminjo2@aol.com ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----