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We were using Martini's, and fine rifles they were too."
Private 1373 - Alfred Henry Hook V.C. Rorkes Drift, Natal

About the Martini Henry


You could say my interest in the Martini Henry started 40 years ago when I saw a clip of the 1964 film “Zulu” on British TV, I nearly fell of the sofa, wide eyed and amazed when I saw red coated British soldiers blasting furiously, “Front rank fire!, second rank fire!” as endless Zulu warriors poured over the flimsy barricade of boxes and mealie bags, then the eerie silence, “cease firing” …. Pan to the front, piles of dead and dying warriors, pan to the back to see down the muzzles of Martini Henrys.

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