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The Camps

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The Camps!

The camps were generally protected by a sturdy stockade made of tree trunks held in place by rattan lashings. Spikes of sharpened bamboo were attached to the stockade to act as deterrents to attackers. Sometimes a picket of banana stems were added to the stockade as a shield for gunshot. Beyond the walls would be lines of defensive pits, dug to cover all the possible approaches to the camp. The pits were filled with sharpened bamboo spikes to prevent a surprise attack. If any attackers did succeed in penetrating through the lines of defence, the defenders, wakened by the screams of those impaled on the spikes, would be ready for them. The usual procedure was for the fighting men to have their sleeping quarters near the defensive pits.

 

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