The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: rapid retreat continues
medium: diaries
location: Pangsha
date: 26.11.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: From here we saw the enemy at a considerable distance. They were still shouting but made no attempt to come closer. While I thought (263) that we would wait for an attack here, Williams was concerned that Pangsha could block off with some of its men the crossing over the river Langnyu which would have put us into an uncomfortable situation as we are completely uncertain about the conditions of the terrain in the valley. So we rapidly continue our retreat into the valley and keep the thereby encouraged Pangsha people at some distance by massive rifle shooting. The path we luckily come out on is narrow and very steep which creates a certain difficulty as the sepoys cannot easily move to the front again once they have stopped at an advantageous spot to fire off shots. Pangsha's war- cries still reach us but they sound no longer so frighteningly close.