#1 Colour Sergeant Bourne: The Lord of Hosts is with us. Cpl. William Allen: I hope so... as I live and die, I hope so.
#2 Bromhead: [mounted, crossing stream] Hot work? Lieutenant John Chard: [kneeling in stream] Damned hot work. Bromhead: Still, the river cooled you off a bit though, eh?
[pause] Bromhead: Who are you? Lieutenant John Chard: John Chard, Royal Engineers. Bromhead: Bromhead. 24th. That's my post... up there.
[points into middle distance] Bromhead: You've come down from the column? Lieutenant John Chard: That's right. They want a bridge across the river. Bromhead: Who said you could use my men? Lieutenant John Chard: They were sitting around on their backsides, doing nothing. Bromhead: Rather you asked first, old boy. Lieutenant John Chard: I was told that their officer was out hunting. Bromhead: Err... yes.
[spurs on horse] Bromhead: I'll tell my man to clean your kit. Lieutenant John Chard: Don't bother! Bromhead: No bother... I'm not offering to clean it myself! Still, a chap ought to look smart in front of the men, don't you think? Well chin-chin... do carry on with your mud pies.
#3 Lieutenant John Chard: Mr. Bourne, there should be 12 more men working on this redoubt. Color Sgt. Bourne: They're very tired, sir.
[Chard whirls around] Lieutenant John Chard: I don't give a damn! And I want this wall nine feet high, firing steps on the inside. Form details to clear away the Zulu bodies, rebuild the south rampart, keep 'em moving! Do you understand? Color Sgt. Bourne: Yes sir... very good, sir.
#4 Reverend Otto Witt: One thousand British soldiers have been massacred. While I stood here talking peace, a war has started.
#5 Private Henry Hook: [after being ordered to help prepare for the Zulu attack] What for? Did I ever see a Zulu walk down a City road? No! So what am I doing here?
#6 Pte. Thomas Cole: Why is it us? Why us? Colour Sergeant Bourne: Because we're here, lad. Nobody else. Just us.
#7 Lieutenant John Chard: [the Zulus are chanting before their final charge] Do you think the Welsh can do better than that, Owen? Pte. Owen: Well, they've got a very good bass section, mind, but no top tenors, that's for sure.
#8 Color Sgt. Bourne: [doing roll call] Hughes! Hughes: Excused duty! [the soldiers begin to laugh] Color Sgt. Bourne: No comedians, please. Hughes. Hughes: Yes, Colour Sergeant.
#9 Lieutenant John Chard: I came here to build a bridge.
#10 Surgeon Maj. Reynolds: You know this boy? Orderly: Name is Cole, sir. He's a paper hanger. Surgeon Maj. Reynolds: Well, he's a dead paper hanger now.
#11 Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Sixty! We dropped at least 60, wouldn't you say? Adendorff: That leaves only 3,940.
#12 [repeated line] Colour Sergeant Bourne: All right, nobody told you to stop working.
#13 Bromhead: Fire at will! Pte. Owen: That's very nice of him.
#14 [points towards the fleeing cavalry] Reverend Otto Witt: The way of the Lord has been shown to us!
#15 Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Damn the levies man... Cowardly blacks! Adendorff: What the hell do you mean "cowardly blacks?" They died on your side, didn't they? And who the hell do you think is coming to wipe out your little command? The Grenadier Guards?
#16 Bromhead: [Adendorff has explained the classic Zulu 'buffalo' battle formation] It's jolly simple, isn't it? Adendorff: It's, er, jolly deadly, old boy. Bromhead: [laughs] Well done, Adendorff, we'll make an Englishmen of you yet!
#17 Bromhead: At one hundred yards! Volley fire, present! Aim! Fire!
#18 Colour Sergeant Bourne: It's a miracle. Lieutenant John Chard: If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle. Colour Sergeant Bourne: And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind.
#19 Bromhead: If 1200 men couldn't hold a defensive position this morning, what chance have we with 100?
#20 [Bourne calls the roll after the battle] Colour Sergeant Bourne: Hitch... Hitch, I saw you. You're alive. Pte. Fred Hitch: I am? Oh, thanks very much.