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'… a simple soldier-like account of very gallant deeds, and a thrilling record of a terrible night's work.'

As an accompaniment to the publication Treasures from the Royal Archives, the Royal Archives app thrillingly brings to life John Chard's eyewitness account of the defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879.


Using augmented reality technology, the app provides a story-driven visual tour of the events described by Chard, revealing imagery, text and documentation not included in the book.


Witness the movements of the British and Zulu warriors over the course of the battle, with key occurrences highlighted in an hour-by-hour timeline and uncover details about Rorke's Drift previously contained only in the Royal Archives.

Simply download the free app, launch it on your device and point it at the cover of your book to begin.