The Royal Irish Regiment

General Chute's March

Major-General Trevor Chute is the shorter of the two men standing on the left of the picture. The force of 340 regular British soldiers, 45 Forest Rangers and 300 native auxillieries was pushed to the limits in this heavy-handed attempt to crush the rebel Maori spirit in New Zealand. The Royal Irish would have looked like the soldiers on the right with blankets rolled and slung over the right shoulder. The officer leading them has a sword and pistol. In front of them are the friendly Maoris who are dressed in traditional costume and armed with muskets. They are traversing open country in this scene but their usual route was through forest in pouring rain.

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