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By Ian Knight
The Maori humans of latest Zealand have been skilled box engineers even ahead of they got here into clash with Europeans within the nineteenth Century. struggle among rival teams used to be endemic in Maori society, and it used to be universal perform to guard villages with surrounding entrenchments and wood palisades, often called pas. As touch with the ecu international elevated, the Maori replied through adopting firearms into their conventional armory. It used to be now not until eventually 1845, although, with the 1st battling among the Maori and the British, that it turned transparent simply how robust and complicated the Maori fortifications have been. For the simplest a part of two decades, the Maori held off the dominant and technologically more advantageous British forces, via adapting and constructing their defenses according to each new development within the British artillery. The complicated community of trenches and sheltered 'bomb-proof' dug outs, designed to withstand additional British attacks, proved so powerful they'd a robust impression at the trench war platforms of global struggle I. This ebook explores the evolution and layout of Maori fortifications, and charts the process a clash that may finally see the British holiday the Maori pas, resulting in a sour guerrilla bush warfare.
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