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Maori Fortifications

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The Maori people of New Zealand were experienced field engineers even before they came into conflict with Europeans in the 19th Century. Warfare between rival groups was endemic in Maori society, and it was common practice to protect villages with surrounding entrenchments and wooden palisades, known as pas. As contact with the European world increased, the Maori responded by adopting firearms into their traditional armory. It was not until 1845, however, with the first fighting between the Maori and the British,...

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Overview

The Maori people of New Zealand were experienced field engineers even before they came into conflict with Europeans in the 19th Century. Warfare between rival groups was endemic in Maori society, and it was common practice to protect villages with surrounding entrenchments and wooden palisades, known as pas. As contact with the European world increased, the Maori responded by adopting firearms into their traditional armory. It was not until 1845, however, with the first fighting between the Maori and the British, that it became clear just how strong and sophisticated the Maori fortifications were. For the best part of 20 years, the Maori held off the dominant and technologically superior British forces, by adapting and developing their defenses in response to every new improvement in the British artillery. The complex network of trenches and sheltered 'bomb-proof' dug outs, designed to resist further British assaults, proved so effective that they had a strong influence on the trench warfare systems of World War I. This book explores the evolution and design of Maori fortifications, and charts the course of a conflict that would ultimately see the British break the Maori pas, leading to a bitter guerrilla bush war.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ian Knight is the author of a previous Fortress volume... Like that book, this one is unusually well written, combining technical description with a fascinating narrative... This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read in this entire series, and it is whole-heartedly recommended to anyone." -Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal (March 2010)

"In this book, author Ian Knight covers the history of conflict on these islands and complete design and implementation of styles of the Maori pas (or wooden pallisades) and shows how the various works were modified or improved to meet the needs of the areas in which they were placed... The book looks at the design and development, the principles of defense, what it was like to live in these walled structures and how they performed their task in war... All of this is additionally enhanced by photos of the current sites, period art work and the illustrations of Adam Hook. In all, a superb addition to the Fortress series and a book that I believe you will find interesting." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (August 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033704
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,366,120
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Knight is a leading international expert on the Anglo-Zulu War. He has written, co-written or edited over 30 books, including several in the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Elite, Warrior and Campaign series. He studied Afro-Caribbean Studies at Kent University, and is an Honorary Research Associate of the Natal Museum and Vice President of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. He has also contributed to a number of television documentaries on the war. In 2000 he was the historian advising the Glasgow University team who made the first archaeological survey of the Isandlwana battlefield.

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