A Gruelling Expedition. The Attackers Camp
To Ruapekapeka went the largest military force yet seen in New Zealand – a total of 1600 British soldiers, sailors, militia, and allied Ngāpuhi.
The trek inland took 20 exhausting days, the troops cutting roads and hauling massive cannon though untamed bush.
They set up camp about 800 metres northwest of Ruapekapeka Pā.
A deep-forested gully lay between the British camp and the pā on the hill above.
The British camped in Māori-style huts, and mingled freely with their Ngāpuhi allies.
The camp was one of three firing positions. From here, massive cannon balls, Congreve rockets, and mortar shells were directed at their target.
The assembled armaments facing Te Ruki Kawiti.
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