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VICTORIANS IN THE WAIKATO REGIMENTS
1863-1864

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Victoria contributed most of the volunteers:
1st Waikato Regiment (mostly raised in Melbourne) . . . 822
3rd Waikato Regiment . . . 119*
4th Waikato Regiment . . . 230**
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* Total strength of this regiment was only 295
** Total strength of 4th Regiment was 379
Many other British Regiments and detachments ( 12th, 14th, 18th, 40th, 43rd, 50th, 65th, 68th and 70th Regiments), seamen and marines, artillery and local militia took part in the Waikato War. Among the latter was G. F. Von Tempsky's and Jackson's Forest Rangers. These counter-insurgency units were trained to engage Maori forces unexpectedly on their own ground. Before then, massed British forces since 1845 had been unable to bring the Maori to any decisive encounter. The Maori tactic of building Pas (fortified emplacements), with flanking rifle pits and trenches, and abandoning them at a strategic moment had previously outwitted British Officers and Generals.
  

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