The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twelve. Towards Unknown Country
caption: description of punitive expeditionary column
medium: books
location: Mokokchung
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Twelve men marched ahead forming a kind of advance guard. Mills, Williams, and I followed with the main body; then came Smith in front of the porters, interspersed with a few of the sepoys, and a small rear-guard concluded the column, which drew out over a mile. The sepoys of the Assam Rifles, most of them Gurkhas, wore light-blue flannel shirts, shorts, and hats with broad brims, and they carried bayonets, and large curved bush-knives indispensable for camp-building and clearing the way through thick jungle.