The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Chapter III 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: General Nation marches to Konoma
medium: reports
person: Nation/ Gen.
location: Khonoma (Konoma)
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: On the morning of the 22nd November about 7 A.M. the (35) Brigadier General left Sachima with a force as below to attack the Nagas in their stronghold:-
text: ____Infantry.
text: _43rd_Assam_Light_Infantry-
text: _44th_Sylhet_Light_Infantry-
text: _Two_7-pounder_mountains_guns.
_1__British__Officer,__and_3__Non-Commissioned__Officers,__Royal Artillery.
text: _Frontier_Police.
text: The troops marched without baggage, bedding, or great coats. One day's cooked provisions were carried in the havresacks. It was the intention of General Nation, after storming the village, to leave a strong picquet in the place, and return with the main body to Sachima.
text: All ranks started in the highest spirits, only fearing that the enemy might fly into the jungle before the troops could close with them. In fact, the villages hitherto attacked had been so easily captured, that, although Konoma was known to be strong by nature, elaborately stockaded, and held by the picked warriors of all the hostile clans, it was not unreasonably supposed that no very serious resistance would be offered; and the plans of the General were no doubt greatly influenced by this supposition.