The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: tour diary of C.R. Pawsey of a frontier expedition into the Patkoi area
caption: burning of Pangre
medium: toursnotes
location: Pangre
date: 24.5.1947
person: Pawsey/ C.R.Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 13:20
text: 24th May '47. To Pangre - 16 miles (6 A.M. - 4 P.M.) Left at 6 A.M. a long march and it rained nearly all day. The valleys are very deep and precipitous. As yesterday the column was followed by large numbers of helpers, out for what they could get in the way of loot.
text: Below Pangre there is excellent land available for irrigation - large level fields and ample water - and the upper hills are covered with pine forest.
text: When we got to the village it was full of armed men who would not disperse and they refused the orders of an Interpreter to send the headmen to meet us. Long range Bren gun fire from the hill above the advanced guard was therefore opened but it was probably too distant to be very effective - anyhow it had the effect of dispersing the defenders and dispersal was finished off with rifle grenades. Two hostile Nagas were killed in the course of mopping up. The followers then looted the village with a magnificent war roar and it was then burnt, rather prematurely, before we could get thatch for the camp houses. It was 4-30 P.M. by the time camp making was started and dark by the time all were settled in.
text: Smoke from the damp wood fires and, for protection, a crowded camp, did not make for comfort.