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Duncan Cameron versus Rawiri Puhirake: A British army under Cameron besieges a Maori army under Puhirake which is fortified in a dreaded pa. Cameron knows what to expect and takes all precautions so surely Puhirake cannot possibly surprise him, right? Also known as the Battle of Pukehinahina.
in the chaotic conditions of a breached pa, still being staunchly defended with hand-to-hand fighting and point blank fire, it would have made more tactical sense to employ one disciplined and cohesive force, such as the 68th [Light Infantry Regiment] who could have provided both the assault and supports under their own officers. It was perhaps attractive to have this large battalion carry out the task of rear cordon, but on balance, a second-best of different detachments could have been accepted as no British cordon had ever yet contained parties of Maori rebels filtering away on a dark wet night. (Gibson, 1974: 125)
This battle took the least amount of time to make by far, in fact I think that is one of the reasons I chose it at the time. I had just animated Mukden, Ulm and Nagashino, all of which were difficult in their own right, and figured a simpler battle should be next. Despite this apparent laziness, Gate Pa is an intriguing battle that I think is effectively animated. It was one of the few times where I felt all the effects I chose to illustrate its events fit perfectly. I do not think I could animate a more unique battle than this one.
Belich, James. The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1986.
Mair, Gilbert. The Story of Gate Pa. Tauranga: Bay of Plenty Times, 1937. http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-MaiStor.html (accessed Aug. 11, 2007).
Mitchell, Peter. “Battle of Gate Pa.” http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~Sxmitch/Index.html (accessed Aug. 11, 2008)..
British artillery: http://battleofgettysburgbuff.com/Odds_and_Ends.html
British infantry: http://www.lightinfantry.org.uk/regiments/dcli/duke_uniforms.htm
Duncan Cameron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Cameron_(general)
Maori infantry: www.mtt.org.nz/…/Tawhiti-Museum.asp
Map of New Zealand: http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/general/pictures/index.html
Map of the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_map_projections
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