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Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina) - New Zealand

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: New Zealand

Period/ Conflict: The New Zealand wars

Year: 1864

Date/s: 29th April 1864

On 26 April 1864 600 sailors and Royal Marines were disembarked from HMS Harrier, Curacoa, Esk and Miranda to support forces ashore. Army personnel were joined by sailors and marines from the ships still lying in the Tauranga harbour.

A ‘feigned attack’ was made on April 28 to divert Māori attention whilst Colonel Greer led the 730 men of the 68th over the eastern mudflats under cover of darkness to take up position at the rear and cut off Māori escape and water supply.

It rained heavily throughout that night. Gate Pā was the single most devastating defeat suffered by the British military in the New Zealand wars: while British casualties totaled more than a third of the storming party, Māori losses totaled about 25 Read More/ Web Link: Wikipedia


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