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: medical notes
caption: duties of the troops
medium: reports
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: Duties.- The fatigue undergone by the sepoys was very great. The long and harassing marches, and perpetual escorts were most trying, especially as a march of 10 or 15 miles entailed the ascent and descent of hills a couple of thousand feet high. The sepoys' marching order equipment weights upwards of 50 lbs.; this to a man of small stature, as the Goorkha, and out of health from imperfect feeding, is a severe strain on the system. Night duties were also very heavy. In some camps the sepoys had not a night in bed for a week at a time. The number of weakly men increased to an alarming extent towards the end of the expedition.