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'around.toe' ingin enveloping:the line of butts in:huge clouds of earth and debris. ' ' ,';..:•' : The conclusion of the day's work com-, prised tactical', work ;byAuckland Mount-. Eds: on the .left in turning a. heavy fireon . a party of - the enemy;, presumed te ■be attempting a counter-attack. '....,*.. One by one,, as the -units completed" .their portion of- the; manoeuvres i: for home was .made; .All the forces jbad left by 5 for. the camp, which was- : reachedbefore - dark., - The day was- certainly oneof the best .the Auckland volunteers have ever yet spent; and*' the experience, gain*ed cannot be too highly estimated;, as the fact of placing live;ball -and shelUjin'' the hands of men, for. manoeuvres imbues j tfiem with, a keen sense of the'-responsi--bility and trust placed in.them-: Al ' .though on previous occasions live ammunition has been used it has never been so openly and freely distributed: before, and the fact, that the men took all possible I care is evidenced by the results. Colonel'Wolfe expresses himself highly pleased' with the manner in which all.worked, and has a high, opinion, of the value -of- the experience and instruction imparted.. Not ; a man.but has. benefited, by! the puting,": and doubtless-the lesson in practical; warfare- -will conduce- to-a most successfulencampment during .Easter-.-of : -1916. -Of' course the actual results of. the shooting cannot be.exactly, known until a thorough : examination. of the. targets has been niade. The camp at the racecourse in', all 'respects is one of. the,bestyyet field, .every-' thing being, arranged.'in a methbdical.'and l . creditable manner.. There is no undue crowding, and ihe commissariat arrangements are of the best. The situation, is. dryland tlthough.the aspect of manuka and fern may not be very' enticing atfirst sight, the'country is all'that could'v be desired,"for the;,exercise ..of tictlcalj manoeuvres, . " : -.-'"'•: . THe camp is bounded'on one side by Ithe Piako. river and..on.the other .by. theroad; while the outposts He,out beyond, the Rotorua railway. These outposts, by the way, are maintaining a most, vigi-: lant lookout, and pedestrian, horseman, or vehicle 13 held up without: the leastregard for rank or anytEing else. Th»i men on this duty are steeping in theopen, and it says much for, their enthusiasm that, not only is a murmur unr known, but the men seem to heartily enjoy the novelty of it. There is also plenty of excitement; as-it'is well'under?• stood that the outposts are 'te'be" ed te.harassingiat Jeast one or twp.nights ih. camp..,.. ;.J^." ...,..-. *.. .._.,',_ y '.- :"/ SUNDAY'IN-: CAMP.".' '~w TROOPS. LEAVING TOR,HOME* ;\ . :. 'MORRlNSVlLLEythisdayv ■.{ Sunday morning arrived with: heavy rain ; which continued- at, short:, intermissions throughr the forenoon;.'-The troops were., exercised, in .tactical; work;_ one' force, under'- Colonel; Holster; beingordered-, to intercept-, a'convpy.-between: Morrinsville and- .Tauwhare./ Colonel Holgate had;the bridge-demolished*.but Colonel Porritt found a' ford) and; god* through »- considerable: distance without hting seem. The-matter ofe., judging,;. me.vertheles6i.is difficult;: as L to how.'-far : further Colonel Porritt wquldi have &&. no decision has yet. -been, .given .Ibj". the: " . ■ In.the afternoon a;short divine service; was conducted; by Captain Tunksj.and; ai number of<long:service.medals werepre-j sented by Colonel Tuson—a N.Z. Volunteer- efficient service medal to Lieutenant Mcintosh, of: the Tirst- Nariyee;:?3g@c volunteer service , medal;- tp, ; Captain Home (Coromandel Lieutenant: Derron, (Victoria Rifle*)-, and Captain; Shera (engineers);, Colonial: auxiliary; forces long' service medal, to? Captain; Sherson (A Battery). The lastcria-jnedi medal is also to . be.-presented to. Gjmneri Brown 7 (A Battery); and-Private;,Morn-; son (First Thames Rifles)'..* The troops, are striking: camp, to-day. The men bound for Thames, districts^left' by train at' 3-30; and .fox- TeiiKuiti'-ai;: 1.30' p.m. The Auckland;Pukekohe? and] Fapakura contingents.leave at' Sto'.clock, and- the- Auckland*■willi.arrive- in town. 10.30 p.m. Another-" special train, forhorses, departing at six, will reach Remuera at midnight. ;..-.,.".._ RESULTS OF THE CAMP;: " s - \ Interviewed: by the "Star" representative, Colonel Tuson, Adjutant-General' 0% the' forces, stated: that:.the discipline and: work of ,the camps . hadi, » ! been. excellent, the. . forces-, a; big improvement oh last' year. The: ground; permitted?. excellentL'mano*u.vring on Saturday; and: the -field-firmgiwithibaSj was well done. He thought;'the -time' much too short tohe- of*great value;and/ suggested, at. least a.week at; Christmas, if i not a fortnight, as/being necessary-for adequate manoeuvres. In physique and: 'willingness, the- men were excellent, and: they only requiredjt,little_more : tramingl" COlonel Wolfe, in an interview,, especially, commended" the work don'eV'byrthe outposts,. and the manner,-, of. bivouac, also of the field-ambulance, and.Collegp Rifles' signallers, the latter doing excellent., .work. He considered; that the material of the. forces was- the fliest in, the world, but. he. thought.longer camps would bei desirable. The-Ethciency Shield awarded? for the most-: during' the/ camp, was won-by-the First Battalion 336-marks %.. other scores being: Second, Battalion,"'329; First; Regiment. A.M;R., 284; >Second AMiR., 246; Tie: maximum obtainable was 500 marks; " T<""' '.' "'■'/ "iv".. i'TV.V-'-,

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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