Rorke’s Drift was a mission station in Natal, South Africa, situated near a natural ford (drift) on the Buffalo River. During the Anglo-Zulu War, the defense of Rorke’s Drift (22 January-23 January 1879) immediately followed the British Army’s defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana earlier in the day. One hundred and thirty-nine British soldiers successfully defended their garrison against an intense assault by four to five thousand Zulu warriors. The overwhelming Zulu attack on Rorke’s Drift came a hair’s breadth away from defeating the tiny British garrison. The successful defense of the outpost is held as one of history’s finest defenses. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the British defenders, the most ever received in a single action by one regiment. Films have been made about this bloody day and Michael Caine’s name has become immortalized for the role he played in the epic “Zulu”. Thousands of enthusiasts visit the battle site annually and it has become an important historical tourism destination in South Africa.