The name Rorke's Drift is synonymous with an epic Anglo-Zulu War battle on 22 and 23 January 1879. 4,000 Zulu warriors stormed the hospital built around James Rorke's original farm and despite the overwhelming odds, there followed one of the most gallant defenses in British Military history. The battle lasted for 13 hours after which the Zulu's withdrew having lost 500 men. The British suffered 25 casulaties. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for gallantry in this battle.