Corrected entry: In the final Zulu attack, the lieutenant tells the men to fire when the Zulus get to 100 yards. He shouts "Fire" and about two seconds later the Zulus are jumping on the sandbags. It is impossible to cover 100 yards in two seconds.
Corrected entry: On several occasions, troopers are seen breaking open ammunition boxes. After the lid is removed, it is clear the rounds of ammunition are covered in a layer of aluminium foil. In one scene, the trooper handing out the ammunition even tears the foil open. I doubt aluminium foil existed in those days.
Corrected entry: During the prologue, the narrator (Richard Burton) reads from the military report that 1,500 men were lost at Ishandwana. However later on, when Chard and Bromhead meets Ardendorf, Ardendorf says that 1,200 men were lost---800 British soldiers and 400 native levies. So is it 1,500 or 1,200? The numbers don't tally.
Corrected entry: It's very unlikely that the red coats the British wore would have been so red in the dusty and sandy conditions of South Africa, yet they always seem to be so clean. Also, the white helmets were often dyed with tea so troop movements were harder for enemies to spot.
Corrected entry: Before the first attack when the camp outside of the missionary station is dismantled, a group of soldiers double time it down the dirt track. As they go past a tent, one of them trips on one of the tent guide ropes and nearly falls flat on his face.
Corrected entry: Chard was in the Royal Engineers. Their tunics were blue, not red.
Corrected entry: Instead of leaning out the window to fire at the Zulus when they were attacking under cover of darkness, why didn't those two hospital guards stand aside and bayonet the Zulus one by one as they climbed in through the window? They could have saved their own lives by doing so.
Corrected entry: The soldiers wear parade dress uniforms, including white helmets displaying the regimental crest. On active service, they would have worn a more basic uniform with plain cork helmets, as correctly depicted in ZULU DAWN.
Corrected entry: Some of the Zulu generals were standing out on hilltops in open view when shouting commands to the Zulu armies. Strange that none of the British riflemen thought of getting a good, clean shot at them from afar...
Corrected entry: Hook calls a character "you long range sniper you." This specific term was coined in WWII as a derogatory term for artillery well behind the lines.