Wargaming the Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa

The Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa (‘The Bat’s Nest’) was the last engagement of Hone Heki’s War.

DBA Example

When I started my New Zealand Wars project in the 1990s I was intending to use my DBA New Zealand Wars variant. At a Ratio of approximately 50 men or 1-3 guns to an element to an element the two armies would be:

DBA Orders of Battle

  • European wargames army
    • 9 Regulars (58th)
    • 3 (Elite) Regular (Flank companies of 99th)
    • 5 (Elite) Regulars (Naval Brigade)
    • 1 Settler (Volunteer Pioneers)
    • 4 Artillery (with Naval Brigade crew)
    • 6 Maori
  • Maori wargames army
    • 8-9 Maori
    • 1 Artillery

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