The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: transport and supplies
caption: clothing
medium: reports
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: The free issue of warm clothing for troops and followers taking part in the expedition was on the " Duffla scale."
text: For Native soldiers the scale is as under:-
text: 1 pair of boots, English-made, ammunition.
text: 2 pairs of socks ( in the original Duffla scale 1 pair, but these were to be of the best quality.)
text: 1 pair leg bandages ( puttees) cloth.
text: 1 Kookrie or dhao. ( The men were allowed compensation for these at Rs. 3-8, and purchased the weapons for themselves.)
text: 1 waterproof sheet ( size approved for the Duffla Expedition was 6 feet 9 inches by 4 feet, weighing 4 lbs., with eyelet holes all round. One hole must be in centre of each side to allow of sheet being used as a sort of tente d'abri.)
text: It appears to be generally agreed that good English-made ammunition boots, with stout well fitting worsted socks, are the best possible foot gear for a jungle campaign. The socks are quite as necessary as the boots. Without them blisters and shoe-bites are frequent. Officers should see that their men's socks fit properly, for it left to themselves natives are apt to choose too large a size. The Commissariat should also, if possible, be informed beforehand of the sizes of boots required. The medical officer of the 44th Native Infantry records that the boots received for the Naga Hills expedition were too large for the small men of that regiment.
text: Puttees have been proved to be far superior to gaiters. They really keep out leeches, which gaiters do not, neither do long stockings.
text: The scale of warm clothing for followers is given on page 4.
text: The Military police taking part in the expedition were allowed warm clothing on the same scale as followers, the cost being charged to the Military Department. This was to be considered a very exceptional and special case.