Papers on Subjects Connected with the Duties of the Corps of Royal Engineers Volume 3

Papers on Subjects Connected with the Duties of the Corps of Royal Engineers Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... having unloaded the cart and brought the things by hand." I consider this a fair specimen of the difficulties that have attended almost all movements of troops in New Zealand, and I think it shows the extreme difficulty of making successful campaigns against the natives in the interior with regular troops; for even supposing the commanding officer to have provided himself beforehand with means of transport (which he ought to have done), and to have been properly equipped with guns and engineering implements from England (as he should have been), there would still have been great delay in traversing the country--and such a country, where the hostile natives might have cut them off one by one; it is true the natives did not molest them, but kept to their stronghold twenty miles inland, but they seemed to be aware of their opportunity of doing so, as they boasted (Colonel Despard says) of their forbearance in not destroying the missionary establishment at Waimate, which served as a depot for the military operations, and also a bridge on the road to it 630 Native allies under Tomatiwaka.... 250 The enemy in the pah was supposed to have been about 250. The force waited at Waimate till the 23rd of June for supplies from the Ren Keri. Several chiefs visited Colonel Despard, and gave their support to the expedition; among these were Tomati waka, Macquarie, Moses Tawai, Paluona, Repa, and Pomare.f On the 23rd of June the force marched from Waimate to Ohaiawai. The distance was only seven miles, but the country being of the same impracticable nature as before, it occupied them the whole day. The pah was situated in a clear level space in the forest, about 500 yards square, having on each side of it a ravino with wooded hills; all the rest of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507894
  • 9781236507891