What happened to Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne Rorkes Drift

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Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, was the senior NCO at the Battle of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879.
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Superbly played by actor, Nigel Green, in the 1964 film "Zulu", many have wondered why he was never awarded a Victoria Cross when 11 others were.
This is the story of what happened to Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne after Rorkes Drift.
He was actually awarded Britain's second highest military medal (at the time), the Distinguished Conduct Medal and ultimately rose from the ranks to become an officer.
His military career continued all the way to the First World War, where he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Frank Bourne, the last surviving defender of Rorke's Drift died in 1945, one day after the Germans surrendered.
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Eric Burrage
Eric Burrage Yıl önce
I am a retired U.S. Army officer. I always held that Colour Sergeant Bourne was the ideal example of what an NCO should be. I'm glad to finally know the "rest of the story".
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Eric, I am so glad that you enjoyed. Thanks.
JohnR1298 Yıl önce
Hi Eric, speaking of Exemplary Soldiering do you know the story of the HMS (I've seen it as RMS too) Birkenhead? Talk about 'Standing Fast'! It's Grim, but it set the unwritten maritime law of Women and Children First. Kipling called it 'The Birkenhead Drill'. Apparently the Kaiser of Germany instructed this standard of soldiering was to be expected of his own soldiers! Apologies if you do know the story 😶
Will I am not
Will I am not Yıl önce
Yes he commanded respect without having to yell at his men or use abusive language. 😁
Zhang Zongchang
Zhang Zongchang Yıl önce
@Will I am not get respected thru acts outside of duty Therefore respect will be present when ur doing duty
GravesRWFiA Yıl önce
exactly. even in the movie he isn't heroic so much as professional. the one who keeps the men focused on their jobs
Catholic Reconquista
Catholic Reconquista 10 aylar önce
What a life Frank Bourne had. From most humble beginnings, through the expansion of the Empire, to a high rank in the Army and to even live to see VE Day. Somehow, his life seems to encapsulate Britain at its greatest. The Nation sorely needs men of his calibre now. May Lieutenant-Colonel Bourne have achieved eternal rest. And thank you for your research and video.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for watching
Richard Vail
Richard Vail 9 aylar önce
Hard times makes hard men. Hard men make soft times...we are in those soft times. Our political elites in the Western world despise our countries and our peoples. We need men like LtCol Bourne today...sadly we have very few...
Catholic Reconquista
Catholic Reconquista 9 aylar önce
@Richard VailTrue. "Zulu" was on Channel 5 a few days ago. I hope others who were inspired by this video were able to catch it.
Westwoodii 8 aylar önce
@Richard Vail He was of his time, and a splendid professional soldier who did his duty and more. I've always loved watching the film Zulu, and saw it on first release as a 10 year old in 1964. But times do change, and although we always have to be ready to combat threats from less enlightened sources, as current events show, we also need as a species to progress away from wars and conquest. We live on a Pale Blue Dot (per Carl Sagan) in a vast universe. It will take a long time, but that must be our goal, and it is an admirable one.
James Alexander
James Alexander 8 aylar önce
Not everyone thinks as you. Yes we must always plan for peace, but we must never be complacent and should always be prepared for war. Somebody else may start it. We must be prepared to finish it!🙏
John Tipsword
John Tipsword 9 aylar önce
29 years service, enlisted for 19 years and an officer for 10. Colour Sergeant Bourne is the epitome of the professional Soldier and NCO. Thank you for the video; his like should never be forgotten.
The History Chap
The History Chap 9 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Patrick Dumas
Patrick Dumas Yıl önce
I served in the U.S. Marines as a helicopter gunship pilot through two tours in Vietnam. I have read all the accounts I could find of the Battle of Rorke's Drift, starting with the account in "Our Empire Story" when I was a boy of twelve. And, I have watched the movie "Zulu" multiple times. I have always thought that Rorke's Drift was the best example of what properly led soldiers can do, even in the worst of battlefield conditions. From the accounts I have read, and from the movie, I think Color Sgt. Bourne epitomized everything that a non-commissioned officer should be. A truly magnificent soldier!
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
kevin arnott
kevin arnott 2 aylar önce
Nice to listen to your comments
W Harris
W Harris 25 gün önce
I was in Fllujah in 06,from the look of the place I believe the Marines fought a battle as intense in these day as the British fought at Rourkes Drift,you have to appreciate men of such courage and fortitude,I thank them all.
The CCP is a parasite
The CCP is a parasite 16 gün önce
Hougoumont and LA Haye Sainte ... 18 June 1815
Andrew Ince
Andrew Ince 11 aylar önce
It's a crying shame that recording was binned. To hear the voice of a Victorian soldier, and one who fought in such an incredible action at that, would be incredible.
Markio Book
Markio Book 10 aylar önce
of course the BBC binned it: how dare we take pride in our own history or culture.
Colin Thomas
Colin Thomas 10 aylar önce
@Markio Book agree with your comment.
theoldgreymare 10 aylar önce
I think its incredible that from fighting at Rorke's Drift 19C to living one after the end of WW2 1945 amazing longevity.
Markio Book
Markio Book 10 aylar önce
@theoldgreymare indeed it's almost as if God wanted to keep him alive long enough to see good triumph over evil.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
it would be amazing to hear.
Graham Hutton
Graham Hutton 11 aylar önce
As a raw recruit in the Australian Army, this movie was shown to us all as part of our basic training
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing.
Jeffery Draper
Jeffery Draper 7 aylar önce
I always thought this and Porkchop Hill should be used as instructional videos when I was in ROTC in the 80s. Since then adding maybe Blackhawk Down.
youngbess1 10 aylar önce
I remember as a young child, my father took my two brothers to see Zulu, he felt it was not a film for a young girl. Two weeks later my grandfather took me along with him to see it. I can’t count the number of times I have watched over the years since.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
I’m a bit like that
Efil Rekib
Efil Rekib 10 aylar önce
My Dad took me to see it when I was quite small, to this day it is still my favourite movie.
angeluscorpius 8 aylar önce
I'm trying to interest my daughter (8 yrs old) to watch Zulu. I've got her intrigued by the premise of the story (150 British redcoats against 4000 Zulu warriors), but I worry that she might find it slow. So knowing you found it interesting gives me... encouragement!
Lord-Inquisitor Vex
Lord-Inquisitor Vex 7 aylar önce
My dad had it on video cassette so it became one of my most watched film, probably of all time since I rarely rewatch a film these days.
Jacqueline Lion
Jacqueline Lion 11 aylar önce
Being a Welsh teenager at the time of course I saw the film in the cinema (and promptly fell in love with Stanley Baker). Now I am a senior citizen of 70 and the movie still thrills me.Thank you so much for adding all this extra information.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
My pleasure. Best wishes, Chris
Paul DG
Paul DG 11 aylar önce
That was an excellent presentation. I can still vividly remember watching this movie as an 8 year old in 1964. The sound of what we thought was that of a distant train in the hills, turning out to be the Zulus terrified me. It's funny how these things stick in my memory. Watching it again in years later, impressed upon me the bravery of the soldiers against such overwhelming numbers. It righfully deserves it's place in our military history.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Paul, I remember being terrified of that distant train sound too!
Michael Chambers
Michael Chambers 3 aylar önce
Button up that tunic man...don't you know where you are?
Mal Alexander
Mal Alexander 9 aylar önce
Thanks for this great presentation on CSGT Bourne. First seen by me in a high school english class, while I was also in the school's cadet unit. He is the epitome of the Senior NCO I later encountered in my Australian Army Reserve service, and the type of SNCO I wanted to be when I attained the rank of Sergeant. The calm, succinct voice of authority. In later times I served as a volunteer fire service officer for 30 years, where this calm succinct voice of authority I believe was key in leading firefighters and assisting worried fire victims. I'm not sure I reached Bourne's standards and of course I didn't have to bayonet a bush fire! On 19th December 2019 I and my crew faced near death during a severe bush fire overrun. The calm succinct voice of authority and firefighters who never once flinched servived the day.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Mal, thanks so much for taking the time to share your story.
SNP1999🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Yıl önce
Even with just 5'3" I can imagine the real Colour Sergeant Bourne to have been a "towering" presence on the battlegrounds of Rourke's Drift that day! I was very glad to hear that he went on to have an excellent career in the British army and even lived to witness VE Day in Britain in May 1945. What a life, and gladly a far better one than many of the VC holders from Rourke's Drift experienced.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thanks for your support.
Steven Senator
Steven Senator 9 aylar önce
I have known a few men who, while on the short side, were perceived as being far taller than they actually were. In fact, one in particular was much shorter than me, but I often thought he was taller. This was primarily due to their attitude, demeanor and bearing.
Hamilton Fisher
Hamilton Fisher Aylar önce
Beautifully told story, Chris. I love the fact that "The Kid" was 5 foot 3. His character, of course, was sky-high. Colour Sergeant Bourne lived and served in a time when duty really was valued. His story is inspiring. Thank you.
blackandgus Yıl önce
I have to agree that Nigel Green's performance made him one of the highlights of the movie, and I've been laboring under the belief that the real Coulor Sergeant Bourne was awarded the Cross. It's so interesting to hear how he was actually rewarded for his invaluable role in that action, and how he felt about the Zulu warriors who faced the British soldiers at Rourke's Drift. Bourne had a distinguished and inspiring career, and this video was beautifully put together. Excellent work!
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed it
Mal Alexander
Mal Alexander 9 aylar önce
We watched Zulu in my high school english class. CSGT Bourne as shown in Zulu was my exemplar for leadership in many facets including volunteer emergency services.
blackandgus 9 aylar önce
@Mal Alexander He was worthy of emulation. Always relatively collected and maintained a cool head, but most importantly, he showed a degree of tolerance and consideration for the men under his command. That's the sort of thing that wins respect without diminishing discipline or threatening morale. Whether in the military or a civilian occupation, leadership like that is essential.
Walter Malcom
Walter Malcom Aylar önce
I agree with all the comments. Total masterpiece of film.
Barrett 5 aylar önce
Nothing but respect for all of those men, incredible bravery.
The History Chap
The History Chap 5 aylar önce
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Martial Arts Journey with Grandmaster Javed Khan
Martial Arts Journey with Grandmaster Javed Khan 10 aylar önce
This is such a wonderful story. Zulu has been one of my favourite films. I watched it first with my father a WWII veteran when I was 8 or 9 years old. Thanks for making this video. Simply amazing.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed.
Harry Borsalino
Harry Borsalino 7 aylar önce
Great interesting and informative video! Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne was perhaps my favorite character in the movie version of the battle of Rorke's Drift, and it was surprising to me that he did not receive the VC. It was good to learn that not only was he offered the choice of a VC or a commission, but that eventually he rose as high as he did. in the US Navy, the signal flag hoist for "Well Done" is Bravo Zulu, and that seems somehow appropriate for the gallant Colour Sergeant known as The Kid.
The History Chap
The History Chap 7 aylar önce
Thank you for taking the time to both watch and to comment
Polly Dickinson
Polly Dickinson 9 aylar önce
What very brave and courageous men, gone but not forgotten. Thank you to all of our forces for defending our country and for your unstinting service.❤
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Nice sentiments
Polly Dickinson
Polly Dickinson 8 aylar önce
@Robin Hood 😂😂
Polly Dickinson
Polly Dickinson 8 aylar önce
@Robin Hood hey l am old and partial to a glass of wine or twenty.😂
Robin Hood
Robin Hood 8 aylar önce
@Polly Dickinson stating the obvious Lol
Richard Herndon
Richard Herndon 8 aylar önce
Being a fan of the movie and an amateur military historian I have often wondered what had become of Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne. Thank you for the information. It was entertaining and informative.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Glad you found it useful. Thanks for watching
Ron Byers
Ron Byers 2 aylar önce
His real life was more interesting than I thought possible.
mick harrison
mick harrison Yıl önce
35 years service absolutely amazing man ,deserves all respect and his legendary status 🇬🇧
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
He does indeed. A very humble man too.
Michael Hurlbut
Michael Hurlbut Yıl önce
Fascinating "The rest of the story". What's really remarkable is he climbed up the ranks from private to Lt. Colonel earning every promotion he got.
mick harrison
mick harrison Yıl önce
@Michael Hurlbut I'll tell you a more modern story with a big feat ,that happened with my brother in law which was quite good ,he started as a private and got as high as warrant officer 1 I'm not an army person so not sure ,all I know is my sister said some soldiers said he was gods equivalent lol ,served 23 years and came out with a big pension .
Ray John
Ray John Yıl önce
go to every small village in england. they have statues with names of the dead on markers. the sergeant had men he could have confidence in that’s why some of them are names on markers. people pay little regard for them. as to his opposition they fought and lost coming out alive is all that counts brave men all
Colin Smith
Colin Smith Yıl önce
Great video Chris, well researched and presented. You certainly highlight the courage and bravery of the British forces down through the ages. Fantastic!
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Colin, many thanks for your kind words.
John HANNON 8 aylar önce
As a recruit at Kapooka we had to watch "ZULU" as it shows what discipline does then later as a recruit instructor myself I watched it with every recruit course we did. 13 of them!
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Interesting. Thanks for sharing
DigNap15 7 aylar önce
Thats a great story! Join the army and get to watch movies for free
Mark Bannatyne
Mark Bannatyne Aylar önce
I have always loved the film "Zulu" and of course Colour Sergeant Bourne's portrayal, but the description of his real life given here was far more fascinating! This was a great video.
Kallipar 29 gün önce
My initial thoughts was that the care about those who served under him. He knew every detail of their lives intimately and yet engendered respect. Even in the height of battle in real life he appears to have strengthened them. Just doung his job is astonishing and in many aspects above even what the VC represents. Thank you for putting context to a much loved character and the story is bigger than I could have imagined.
Hudl 2
Hudl 2 11 aylar önce
Frank Bourne might have been 5foot3inches tall, but there was a hell of a lot of soldier in him. An excellent example of duty in Frank Bourne. 🇬🇧
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Thanks for posting.
Major Ronald Mandell
Major Ronald Mandell Yıl önce
What a great story! I’m so happy to hear that the Color Sergeant was well recognized after the battle, and rose to such great heights later in his career! What a man! You are right! One of the perfect examples of a Victorian British Soldier!
Barry lee
Barry lee 6 aylar önce
What a man he was,small in stature but massive in courage.
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Indeed he was. Thanks for taking the time to write
Pauline Dixon
Pauline Dixon 11 aylar önce
What a man. A hero in every way.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Indeed. Hope you enjoyed.
Uncle Wednesday
Uncle Wednesday 9 aylar önce
Thanks for that, Chris, very interesting presentation. As a short bloke (5'6"), I can well imagine how C/Sgt Bourne must have felt, even in an age when soldiers were smaller on average. Could we hear more about the Xhosa Wars that you mention in the video? All the best, Chris.
The History Chap
The History Chap 9 aylar önce
I will cover the Xhosa Wars next year (not that it is that far away!)
Lina Basilisk
Lina Basilisk 8 aylar önce
This definitely proves the old adage that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that counts. I'm 5'3", so this particularly hits home. I loved the character of Color Sergeant Bourne in the movie; it turns out the truth is even better. RIP Lt. Col Bourne.
SteamGent Yıl önce
Now that was a fantastic story. He was even a much bigger character in history than they made him out to be in the film.
Anthony Mori
Anthony Mori Yıl önce
I was thinking the same thing. A Sharpe’s Rifles type of character. Only in real life. Steady solid character who gave as needed when needed then went home to his family. About as British as possible. Did His Duty so to speak.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Indeed. Shame he didn't have his own film, but there you go.
james diaz
james diaz 21 gün önce
Your presentation, the pace and tenor of your voice is ideal for story telling. I have watched a couple of your videos now and they are first class. The portrayal of Sgt. Bourne in the film coloured the expectations I had of my NCO's when I became an infantry officer. And almost to a man they rarely gave me a reason to be disappointed in them. Sometimes I would describe to another officer that this or that NCO was a real 'Sergeant Bourne'. Sometimes they knew the reference, and with younger officers, sometimes not.
D Carlton
D Carlton Aylar önce
I think I will watch the movie again and just imagine him being 5’3” tall standing next to soldiers over 6’ tall. He must have had amazing skills and intelligence to accomplish so much in his life.
Andrew Gudgeon OBE
Andrew Gudgeon OBE 7 aylar önce
An excellent video which has drawn me to your other material. Films like Rorke’s Drift had a huge impact on me as a child, reading “Washing of the Spears” drew me further into the topic. My favourite quote: “A prayer’s as good as a bayonet on a day like this”
The History Chap
The History Chap 7 aylar önce
It’s a great line. The film probably got me into military history
motorcop505 10 aylar önce
Thanks for this video! Being born in 65 I didn’t see this until I saw it on tv in the 70’s and was completely hooked! I later became an infantry captain in the USAR. I look forward to seeing the stories on the other defenders!
How About
How About 10 aylar önce
Apologies for my ignorance but what is ÜSAR"? No offence intended as I'm Australian,
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed.
Jon Thompson
Jon Thompson 9 aylar önce
A amazing story and a amazing job by Nigel Green. Incredible movie. I saw it when it first came out. Some many amazing scenes. This movie is timeless.
The History Chap
The History Chap 9 aylar önce
Timeless indeed.
Charlie Leigh
Charlie Leigh Yıl önce
Brilliantly presented, I really enjoyed the story of Frank Bourne an amazing and courageous soldier, who achieved so much in his long life. I joined the army aged 15 years in 1960 and met many men who reminded me of Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, their manner and their bearing. Many of those I knew had served during WWII and were coming to end of their service and in some ways laid the blueprint of how we, in later service, would conduct ourselves. I am now a retired British Army Officer.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Charlie, thank you your sharing your memories and comparisons of the NCO's you met.
Scaley Back
Scaley Back 3 aylar önce
I joined (also 15 yrs old) in '66 and was thinking exactly the same thought. I came across a very diminutive S/Sgt in the '70's who fits this description to a T. We still chat from time to time on the phone. Steady as a rock, quietly spoken, logical to a fault, never flustered, fit as a butcher's dog and he loved those under his wings like his own sons. Boot up the arse and arms round the shoulder in equal measure. There were others I admired for a variety of reasons but this one man is the one most likely to fill Bourne's boots.
audrey haralambos
audrey haralambos Yıl önce
thank you so much if only history at school could have been this good, i could not say how many times i have watched zulu, it is in my top 5, thank you for letting us know what happened to this magnificent soldier who gave his all. two survivors from rorkes drift are buried in philips park near where my daughter is buried, i hope they are keeping her safe lol its an honour to have her buried in the same grounds, the graves were discovered by a journalist i believe and he arranged for them to be cleaned up and sorted out which is the least they could have done, WE WILL REMEMMBER THEM XXXX
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Audrey, thank you for taking the time to share those very moving sentiments.
J Peiper
J Peiper 10 aylar önce
Men like Frank Bourne are the reason I am proud to be British. Great video
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed it.
Frank Dillon
Frank Dillon 8 aylar önce
Was proud !
Trevor Chichester
Trevor Chichester 8 aylar önce
Absolutely brilliant, mate. I MUST say that your youtube channel quite supplants the likes of the History channel as well as all of the others. Your channel is like military history à la carte! Cannot wait for your next release!
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
That is very kind of you, thanks
James Alexander
James Alexander 8 aylar önce
There should be a Frank Bourne Day to commemorate such bravery and should be a national example to all our youngsters of what can be accomplished from humble beginnings. Thank you for a brilliant video. Five foot three inches eh? Who would have thought it?
Voodoomaria Aylar önce
Every one of the soldiers at Rourke's Drift were heroes, but none more-so than Borne. It never fails that when the honours are handed out, that the NCO gets passed over. I have the Osprey book covering the battle, and it's brilliant.
Mark Yıl önce
Im a retired Aussie Infantry Sergeant Major ( Warrant Officer), who also commissioned to Captain at the tail end of my career and I remember fondly when I was joining the Army as a young bloke the movie Zulu was one of the recruiting movies. It was a favorite. And you are bloody right because Colour Sergeant Bourne was a fine example indeed. I love the history of this era and the great traditions of the British Infantry, a lot of which us Aussies inherited as well. Thanks for the great video's mate !
hoiy vinosa
hoiy vinosa Yıl önce
Excellent story. Thanks!
The Aussies are first class soldiers and greatly respected in British military circles. Our long association with Australia is a source of immense pride- we know who our real friends are, along with the Kiwis and Canadians.
Mark Yıl önce
@LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH Thanks for a very warm reply , rest assured the respect and admiration is returned as well. I have very fond memory's of serving and training with squaddies from the most excellent Irish Guards, Scots Guards and the blokes from 4/5 CDO. Once again the present political and world situation means that we all need to stick together again, the British, US, Canadian, NZ and Australian friendship and alliances must be reinforced and made stronger because you and I know that we are under attack once again by the forces that want to see our way of life and cultures destroyed. If we do we will beat the bastards ! Yours Aye !
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith Yıl önce
@LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH I totally Agree with you 💯% our Commonwealth is something to be proud of, from a Born and Bred Scouser 👍.
philip rufus
philip rufus Yıl önce
The Aussies certainly did inherit them, and from what I read as a kid til my sixties, have definately proved it over the years. Loved meeting Aussies on their travels in Scotland when I was a youngster, they always cracked me up,great sense of fun !
 Yorkie gilly
Yorkie gilly 10 aylar önce
Sergeant Bourne"s story is always worth a re - telling ,but didn"t know he ended - up a Lt .Col. and lived to a ripe old age ! . Well done, a good yarn well told . Makes you proud to be British . 🧐
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for watching.
mike Randall
mike Randall 10 aylar önce
We are not so proud now. We need a few like him to rescue this country.
stephen wilson
stephen wilson Yıl önce
Very interesting film. Thank you. How about telling the story of Tom Abraham? A British officer serving with the US army in Vietnam. Captured by the V C and held in semi submerged cell he managed to escape and return to friendly territory.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
i wasn't even aware - but I am now! Will add to my ever-growing list. Thank you.
Softail Fun
Softail Fun 4 aylar önce
R.I.P. Sir. A legend in his own time and after. Respect.
The History Chap
The History Chap 4 aylar önce
Thanks for watching
Gerard Michael Burns Jr.
Gerard Michael Burns Jr. 4 gün önce
THANK YOU. I've been a huge fan of 'Zulu' since I was a teen. And I have always been enough of a realist to not be shocked that Bourne was a kid and short. Obviously his role made him 'a big man'. And I find it wonderful that he was offered a commission after his wonderful service in Africa, and that he was eventually able to take advantage of that offer and rise to Lt. Colonel. For me his stature grows from what I learned in your presentation.
Keith Richard Kirwan
Keith Richard Kirwan 11 aylar önce
I think a video about the incredible life of Field Marshal Bill Slim who rose from private to field marshal would be very interesting. His comments about the soldierly qualities of the very many different nationalities he commanded are great food for thought
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Thanks for suggesting Bill Slim. Watch this space!
HoneyFitz Yıl önce
In the film, the two commissioned officers are often excited and angry but Colour Sergeant Bourne never loses his composure. Even during his bayonet fight, one of the most dramatic moments in a film with many such moments, he is in complete control. Compare his movements and facial expression with that of the young Zulu warrior he is fighting. His greater skill and self-confidence, the result of years of training and combat experience, are obvious. Like the sword fight near the beginning of the Seven Samurai, there is never any doubt about who will win.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thanks for posting. Of course the irony between the film and real life was that in the battle it was Bourne who was the youngster and the Zulus were middle aged men
La Bella Escrima
La Bella Escrima 9 aylar önce
years of experience he was just 25 years old not much experience if you ask me, but the character of the man made the difference, he was calm, in control, focus, and did not panic in front of danger now that's what makes a good soldier.
John HANNON 7 aylar önce
Private Hook was actually a good soldier, not like he is shown in the movie.
Petronius Longus
Petronius Longus 2 aylar önce
The Zulu stands among the greatest warriors of history and even they were wary of the redcoats bayonets they developed a technique of 2 against 1 one drawing an attack while the other finished em off
Mystic Wanderer
Mystic Wanderer 11 aylar önce
I always like learning new things and this was certainly new to me. I have watched the movie several times and often wondered how close it was to actual events but quite frankly too lazy to do the research. Like many, I had pictured the real Colour Sgt Bourne much like the movie version. I was a senior non-commissioned officer that received a commission as well in the U.S. Navy so I could picture those attributes displayed in the movies as being characteristic if not accurate. While the courage and professionalism were portrayed accurately the physical stature and demeanor not so much. That is a small price to pay for a cinematic storyline. Thank you so much for this presentation.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
My pleasure. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your service experiences as well.
cheshirepilot 68
cheshirepilot 68 Yıl önce
Nigel Greens portrayal of Bourne really caught my interest in later years, his stance against the Zulu warrior was a brilliant moment. I looked further into his life and others at Rorkes drift. This has added further to that. Many thanks.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Glad you liked it. Thank you.
Roo516 10 aylar önce
Fantastic summary of an absolute hero that quite literally made Britain Great. Thank you very much you have inspired me to look deeper in Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
My pleasure. Thanks for watching.
WDTA UT 8 aylar önce
How extraordinary that he lived to the end of WWII. Early in the war, as a morale booster, the British published a series of pamphlets under the general heading "Great Exploits". I still have the one titled "The Day of Rourke's Drift". I read it many years before the movie was made, so I was eager to see how the event would be portrayed. Except that there was more fighting at night than the movie suggested, I found it reasonably accurate. It is amazing that Bourne lived to see the story published so many years later and at a time Britain needed to know the story. I'll have to read it again to see whether there are references to him.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Thanks for watching and sharing the title of the book you read too.
Steve Pecket
Steve Pecket 7 aylar önce
I love all your videos. This particular one is something I've always wondered about. Thank you for all your effort in uploading all this amazing history 👏
The History Chap
The History Chap 7 aylar önce
My pleasure. Thanks for watching
Jerry C
Jerry C Yıl önce
In the summer of 1984, at the age of 10, I watched "Zulu" so many times that I memorized the entire script. My friends and I would recreate the battle in our backyards in Virginia with our fences as the breastworks. The next summer dad brought home "Zulu Dawn" on VHS and I almost melted with excitement. Several years later I saw "Khartourm" and was no less enthralled. The Victorian Empire contributed so much to my childhood, lol.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Jerry, three great films.
FallNorth Yıl önce
LOL :) I never had QUITE those memories but the man who was my next door neighbour as a kid died recently, and it's both wierd, and strangfely hard :(
Points of Sue
Points of Sue Yıl önce
Jerry I watch all 3 of them again and again, and as a British Army Veteran it makes me swell with pride to know I followed in the footsteps of heroes. The most beautiful sight in the world is the British flag flying 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 high.
Koito rob
Koito rob Yıl önce
I was about the same age when i watched it for the first time, but several years earlier. Sadly for me the reason i remember it so well is i had my first migraine while watching it, with blurred vision, much vomitting and a pounding headache from hell!
Lobster Meat
Lobster Meat 7 aylar önce
Loved the movie as a kid and I am really enjoying learning the history of the battle an those that fought it! Great work !
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Thank you.
David Maitland
David Maitland 8 aylar önce
I wish I was related to a man like this....what an inspiration.
The History Chap
The History Chap 3 aylar önce
He was indeed.
Sgt KAG 9 aylar önce
Great story, well told. Thank you. I enjoyed this very much and learned about a great man. What a life.
The History Chap
The History Chap 9 aylar önce
Thanks for watching
alec cap
alec cap Yıl önce
Love this sort of thing, I did a family tree and found out, in 1860 my gt gt grandfather went to India after joining the Staffordshire 1st of foot, back then, they took their wives and children along. It would be incredible to learn more
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Glad that you enjoyed. Thanks.
Greg 10 aylar önce
That was fantastic! One of my favourite films ever! Very Surprised finding out that bourne was only 5’ 4” crumbs! The bravery of those soldiers was awesome 👏 I am lucky enough to have a Spear from Rorke’s. Drift with all the rust and a broken shaft (Probably done in or after the battle)
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Greg, thanks for sharing.
Darren Clapson
Darren Clapson Yıl önce
RIP Nigel Green, dead not 8 years after this film. What a performance.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing.
Gerald Chernicoff
Gerald Chernicoff 8 aylar önce
I too am a Retired U.S Army Officer and greatly appreciate your Historical film. I have studied the Zulu Campaign over the years, and by accident discovered the Canadian War Museum in Nanaimo Canada, with Zulu Campaigned mannequins on display.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Gerald, thanks for taking the time to post your comment. I never cease to be amazed where Zulu War stuff ends up. best wishes for 2023.
Right Wing Professor
Right Wing Professor 8 aylar önce
Wonderful video. My step father was a fan of miniature soldiers. He spent hours painting them. One of his collections was of this battle. He also had two lithographs art pieces depicting this battle. We watch the two movies, Zulu and Zulu Dawn multiple times together. He was a career soldier in the US Army (serving in post war Europe in the mid fifties, after serving in Korea, and in the 60's, in Viet Nam) and an amateur historian. The British Empire always held a fascination for him, especially the First World War. He had memorized many of Rudyard Kiplings most famous poems, including Gunga Din, The Road to Mandalay, and Tommy. Thanks for the memories...I lost my dad in 2018.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing memories of your father
raul duke
raul duke 11 aylar önce
Outstanding! Thank you so much. What a distinguished career from a distinguished gentleman.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
JT66 RadioGuy
JT66 RadioGuy 4 aylar önce
Wow, what a fascinating story…. Love the movie Zulu and his character absolutely dominates every scene he is in. Well done telling his tale
The History Chap
The History Chap 4 aylar önce
Thanks for watching.
Mike Sheedy
Mike Sheedy 7 aylar önce
This movie followed me through my Australian Army Military career. First in the 70’s with Army Cadets, then the 80’s at Bardia Barracks as a Reservist recruit and again on my Cpl and Sgt’s courses. The last time was when I transferred to Regular service with 1 Bde HQ. I last ran it was in the 90’s when I was running team building courses for ICI shift teams. I think it’s time again! This and the Dad’s Army series you have done have me hooked. Cheers Mate.🇳🇿
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing those experiences.
Patman Crowley
Patman Crowley Yıl önce
Honestly, when I first watched this movie decades ago, I was amazed at the courage and leadership that brought about the survival of these soldiers at Rorke's Drift. Two decades later I found this movie on DVD and immediately purchased it. This is a once a year "must watch" movie that reminds me of the courage of men and to bring my life's little problems back into perspective. GOD Bless them all, Amen.
Teresa Harris
Teresa Harris Yıl önce
I was at school in Epsom and at the end of the sixties we put a drama on stage and someone managed to get some of the uniforms for the show from Stanley Baker who lived in Epsom and was a neighbor. of the person who got them for us to use. The uniforms still had makeup in the collars and were so amazing to have to wear. I love the film Zulu and the wonderful performances given by all the actors. A great British film remembering truly brave men.
AJ Yıl önce
Ditto ⌛
TOI Yıl önce
It's a pity the Zulu fighters didn't have guns. Then the fight might have been fair. But like we're seeing in Ukraine, invaders can only ever be the baddies.
northlincsfox Yıl önce
@TOI The film portrays Zulus firing down on the missionary station from a hillside. Weren’t they using rifles taken from dead soldiers at Isandlwana?
Michael Zann
Michael Zann Yıl önce
@northlincsfox Yes they were.
Irvin Modlin
Irvin Modlin 2 aylar önce
My compliments on an extraordinary and insightful assessment of a man who represented the core values Of not only the British army, but England itself. your eloquence and style is absolutely apropos for this wonderful memorial to the memory of a great man. I feel we will not see their likes again. Thank you for so vividly creating an extraordinary episode in history. It reminds one that it is in the little places that great things are done, and where ordinary men undergo apotheosis….
The History Chap
The History Chap 2 aylar önce
Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the video
David Lakvold
David Lakvold 10 aylar önce
As an American I have always been fascinated with the air battles early on in WW 2. Amazing planes and men. I'd like to learn more about the top five British aces and how they compared to Germany's top five aces for the same time period.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Thanks for the suggestion.
John Walker
John Walker 8 aylar önce
In one of your videos, you mentioned a personality whose personal history you described as a real life boys adventure. I can’t find that video on your list anywhere, am I hallucinating or do you remember that video? As always thank you for these videos. Each one of them is really fascinating and worth every minute.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Could be either “Mad Jack” Churchill or, more likely, Colonel Fred Burnaby.
Anthony Burke
Anthony Burke 10 aylar önce
As an old soldier, the Colour Sergeant epitomises the values I absorbed in the ranks and the Frank contempt I formed for the Officer Corps.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
JFH Yıl önce
I always loved the Colour Sergeant Bourne in the movie and it was refreshing to put a life history to the face in the movie! Excellent!
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for watching.
Dave Lafferty
Dave Lafferty Yıl önce
Thank you so much for this video! Zulu is my all-time favorite war movie, and as a 30-year military veteran myself (CMSgt, USAF, Ret), the valor of Colour Sergeat Bourne strikes me as a ever-ending example to the enlisted force. Well done, Colour, and godspeed.
1642- Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
1642- Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Yıl önce
Thank you for taking the care to spell colour the British way.
John Wolf
John Wolf 8 aylar önce
So glad to know that you idolized that movie exactly the same as I did. I was born in 1960 and saw it as a youngster. It has been top of my list ever since. Watched it avidly when shown on tv. Now own on DVD along with Zulu dawn. I too compared actual account to movies via computer. Your videos are awesome. Thank you so much. My favorite quote from the Sgt was. " all right then, no one told you to stop working." How could anyone maintain such discipline at a time like that? Movie or not. I believe that that level of discipline and courage did exist at that battle. How else can you explain it?
The History Chap
The History Chap 3 aylar önce
It is still a great film even 60 years on.
Derek Clark
Derek Clark 8 aylar önce
Well done sir, your tribute to Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne (later Lt. Col.) was an outstanding presentation. Thank you for the straight forward and honest history of the times, events and man!
The History Chap
The History Chap 3 aylar önce
Thanks for watching.
D 7 aylar önce
Visiting England presently and stopped in for a spot of rousing history after listening to a rendition of "Scotland the Brave." Well done! I am not a military man personally but am a historian myself; I am also 5'4" and appreciate this man all the more now (and I am not from England, BTW, but a "Yank"). Many thanks. PS: No particular quote is my favorite, as all of Nigel Green's lines were brilliant, as were all the lines in that film. Love that show, and have, since I first watched it at age 12 or thereabouts (55 now). I am also very glad to know that Bourne saw VE Day! Good show.
The History Chap
The History Chap 7 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed this video. Thanks for both watching and for taking the time to comment
Captain Harlock
Captain Harlock 8 aylar önce
I love this. Finally.. the common soldier deserves some recognition. Greetings from Greece.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Hello Greece. Thanks for your support. From a very rainy Chester, England
Big Bark
Big Bark 8 aylar önce
I didn't even know I wanted to learn this today! 🤪 What a great video! Simple, interesting, told with zeal! Thank you 🤩
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Very kind of you. Thanks.
LUDO Yıl önce
I really appreciate the work you have done to bring him back to life many years after his passing. I do hope his resting place is well cared for.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thanks for taking the time to comment. trshow.info
Kerrydixon 20 gün önce
The greatest post war recruiting colour sgt for the British army ! I know I joined the 1st Battalion the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal regiment on the back of Nigel greens performance in Zulu ! Rest easy c/sgt bourne and of course the great actor Nigel green.
Air Rifles. Range and HFT Shooting
Air Rifles. Range and HFT Shooting 6 aylar önce
What a marvellous man. I am so pleased he was recognised and honoured, for his service. I am sure he was an inspiration to his men.
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
I bet he was. Thanks for commenting.
Sean Keith
Sean Keith Yıl önce
I discovered your channel a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Very entertaining and informative. Great work!
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thank you for watching and for taking the time to comment.
Capncrnch Aylar önce
R I P Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne. You earned it old soldier.
Andrew Lake
Andrew Lake Yıl önce
An amazing man thank you for explaining what happened with the colour Sgt he achieved a lot in his life and never forgot his duty
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Thank you for watching.
John Rodrigues
John Rodrigues Yıl önce
I saw this movie in the theater in the United States Army base at Munich. It has been a favorite of mine ever since then. I know that historically is not entirely what you would call accurate. I think it does portray the discipline of the British army during its colonial empire building times very accurately. As far as why didn't they just leave? They wouldn't be able out run the Zulus. The cast in the movie I thought it was excellent. I just may have to go back and watch it for the 9 millionth time! It is a part of my collection
Fastyaveit Yıl önce
Mine too, if you have got A bridge too far, Kelly's heroes and a Fist full of dollars then I might invite myself and bring some 🍿
Major Ronald Mandell
Major Ronald Mandell Yıl önce
I agree totally!
Alonso Cushing
Alonso Cushing Yıl önce
@Greenville Invasion may never have been part of the plan but that's what happened. on 11 January 1879, without authorisation from the British Government, Lord Chelmsford crossed the Buffalo River at Rorke's Drift and invaded Zulu Natal.
Duke Yıl önce
The rapid fire at the movie's crescendo still gives me chills. This was a feature the British Army of the time drilled to death. This one point at least was done fantastically in the movie.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
I think when you see it once you are hooked...well, I was!
Trig 1
Trig 1 6 aylar önce
"Mr Witt, be quiet now, will you? There's a good gentleman. You'll upset the lads" has to be one of my favourites... there are so many , though, not just from Bourne but the rest of the cast also. Some inspired script writing went into this film!
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Great lines in this film.
Cheese Noodles
Cheese Noodles 10 aylar önce
I did read the referenced transcripts and also noted his comments about the failure to easily slice op the large sacks providing a barrier. Thank you for posting this video.
The History Chap
The History Chap 10 aylar önce
My pleasure.
Nick B
Nick B Aylar önce
What an extraordinary man. I wish I had learned about him much earlier in my life as I also stand a mere 5' 3" in my socks.
Royce Labor
Royce Labor Aylar önce
I can't count the number of times that I've watched Zulu. I was 10 when I first saw it in the theater and as I remember, sat through it several times. You could do that back then. It still gives me a thrill to this day as I approach my 70th trip around the sun. Without a doubt, Colour Sergeant Bourne was/is my favorite character. My favorite quote from him is "Button up that tunic man...where do you think you are?" In my 22 years of service in the Army, I had the honor and privilege of serving with a number of NCOs whose character was just like that of the good Colour Sergeant. Great job Sir!
The History Chap
The History Chap Aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed my video about colour Sergeant Bourne
Trent Telenko
Trent Telenko 22 gün önce
The sound of the Zulus in the movie Rorks Drift was used early in the movie Gladiator with Russell Crowe to represent the barbarians of Germania in the opening battle scenes.
Ripper1488 Yıl önce
This gave me goosebumps. A true British hero.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed.
Robert Annandale
Robert Annandale Aylar önce
Rising from the ranks to lieutenant colonel in the Victorian Era in the British Army was quite a feat.
Shaun O'Hare
Shaun O'Hare 11 aylar önce
Rorke's Drift is a piece of British history that will live on and on much like the Spartans at the Hot Gates and it is the men like Frank Bourne who have made it more than history but legendary.
The History Chap
The History Chap 11 aylar önce
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Cetok01 8 aylar önce
That was a terrific biography of a terrific and dedicated soldier.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Thank you for watching
Huge Bartlett
Huge Bartlett Yıl önce
So often have I thought about that action,and wondered about the Colour Sergeant. Really glad he was decorated and his bravery recognised. Never forgotten the "Because we're 'ere,lad." I am also glad the film took the opportunity to praise the bravery of the Zulus who were fighting for their land. Even Winston Churchill asked about them one day. I recall the noise when the Zulus were approaching,as if a train were coming,the spears beating on the shields. To the few men there,that sound must have been terrifying,as they were in a land so strange and alien and hostile,with no hope of rescue or relief. Victoria Crosses were definitely earned that day.
Trooper DGB
Trooper DGB Yıl önce
Part of the move was (logically) filmed in South Africa. I have read that the South Africans tried to impose Apartheid style restrictions on the production... and that Stanley Bakers reaction was to threaten to shut down and move to another country to film... I had the great priviledge to visit both Rorkes Drift and Isandhlwana a few years ago... the memorials to BOTH sides are impressive. Our guide at Isandhlwana..a Zulu himself, gave a wonderful and balanced account of the conflict.
Richard Loring
Richard Loring Yıl önce
Churchill wasn't involved in the Zulu war.....Served in Sudan....Boer war n WW1 but not Zulu war of 1879...He would have been a young boy im sure...Born in 1874 i think.....
Huge Bartlett
Huge Bartlett Yıl önce
@Richard Loring Always my belief that he mentioned them in Parliament one day,commenting on their extraordinarily bravery. He was never involved with them himself.
6panzer 8 aylar önce
You know that you’re a badass when you keep being promoted. I served in Iraq. Colour Sergeant Bourne is one of my profound heroes.
The History Chap
The History Chap 8 aylar önce
Glad his story resonated with you
Sue Cox
Sue Cox 2 aylar önce
Lovely--so interesting and well presented and I'm so glad to know the story of this remarkable soldier.
The History Chap
The History Chap 2 aylar önce
Thank you for watching
Mail 27 gün önce
What an incredible man! Thank you for putting this magnificent video together, i really enjoyed watching it💯 Needless to say, 'liked & subbed'
The History Chap
The History Chap 27 gün önce
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for watching.
Arctodus Simus
Arctodus Simus 6 aylar önce
I just finished watching the movie a couple of days ago. This was an excellent video, and now I want to watch the movie again! I also want to read the transcript of his interview. Thank you for renewing my long standing love of 19th century history, now on both sides of the pond.
The History Chap
The History Chap 6 aylar önce
Thanks for watching.
Steve Chandeler
Steve Chandeler 4 aylar önce
Amazing gentleman of such courage and bravery against such odds may he rest in peace the film was my favourite film of my childhood and still is thank you for sharing this with the world
The History Chap
The History Chap 4 aylar önce
Thanks for watching.
Rob G
Rob G Yıl önce
Thanks for that one Chris. I remember that the BBC loved to show Zulu every Christmas time and my dad wouldn't have missed it for the world. My favourite line from the film was when Colour Sergeant Bourne announces the arrival of the Zulus on the crest of the hill," Zulus sir, thousands of 'em." He barely bats an eyelid. There's something about the Tommy Atkins understatement which just defines the, "ere we go again " attitude of the British soldier.
The History Chap
The History Chap Yıl önce
Rob, thanks for sharing. Bank holidays not the same without the compulsory showing of Zulu :)
Simon Norris
Simon Norris Yıl önce
I always thought 'The Great Escape' was the Christmass movie. (Edited: In the UK although I grew up in Australia).
Nick Yıl önce
In NZ it was always Die Hard
Bernard McMahon
Bernard McMahon Yıl önce
Yea every Christmas, I remember 👍
Cecil John Rhodes
Cecil John Rhodes Yıl önce
That’s phassands of em.
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