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MAORIS ARRIVE IN EGYPT

A NOTABLE REVIEW

SPLENDID SHOWING BY OUR NATIVE

CONTINGENT

(Rec. April 7, 10.60 p.m.)

Sydney, April 7. Captain Bean (official war cdrrespon- : dent wilh tlio Australian Forces -in Egypt) cabled on March 31 "Tlio New Zealand Maori contingent reached Cairo on Friday. The spectators remarked that of all the troops engaged in tlio great roviows on Sunday and Monday the Maoris appeared to bo the most splendid. "The reviews were in two portions, tlio Australian aiid New Zealand troops parading on Monday, and in some ways it was the most remarkable event in the military history of Australasia. "A British officer said: 'When I think of tlio condition of the Australian and Now Zealand Forces two years ago, and then see such .troops, completely ready to move anywhero, it gives me something to think about.'" FULL STORY OF THE REVIEWS. [Note.—Australian files of April 1, just ta hand, contain the full test of Captain Bean's report of the ro- , .view mentioned in the above ines- • sage, which for somo unexplained reason the Press agent at bydney has delayed sending. Tlio full report is appended as a footnote.] Cairo, Tuesday. The Maori contingent reached Cairo on Friday. Some spectators remarked that of all the troops engaged in tho great reviews on Sunday and Monday tho Maoris appeared to have the most splendid physique, not so'much in height as in enormous breadth and soldierly bearing. The reviews of two portions' of the Australian and New Zealand troops on Monday were in some ways the most remarkable events in tho military history of Australasia. A British officer said: "When I think of the condition of the Australian forces two years ago, and then see in one day such troops completely ready to move anywhere, I am greatly impressed." The first of tho Australian troops arrived at Mena headquarters at 9.30. Tho -whole shady avenue of gum trees was filled with horses awaiting the staff. When the staff rode off through Camp Road it amounted to an imposing cavalcade. The Australian troops were drawn up in three groups, at separate points. Tlie infantry, with ambulances, -was stationed up Camp Valley, beyond the end of Camp Road. The inspecting general rode down every line, carefully inspecting and questioning the officers. The infantry then marched past in fours, but in order to save time, two fours marched abreast, one on the road and the other in the sand. It might naturally be expectcd that this formation would result in some confusion, but, owing to tlie excellent marching, there was not the slightest hitch.

The General and staff then moved off to inspect two other groups stationed on the. flats below the camp. The staff came over the hill on tho desert edge, and suddenly looked out upon a solid mass of mounted troops, waiting absolutely motionless. A staff officer described it to me as the most impressive sight he had ever seen. The General again carefully inspected the men. In the march past the horses, pulling through the heavy sand, kept a most creditable line.

Finally, the General moved on to the third group, the divisional train of wagons. These, fitted with certain local improvements, which were found necessary, looked very serviceable. The horses were in good order, and the men In. thil afternoon the General reviewtioularly- noticed the completeness of the equipment, and the soldierly bearing and steadiness of the men, as well as the good condition of the horses.

There was little to cbooso between the Australian and New Zealand infantry or horse. _ They marched past with each unit at its fullest available strength, and the reinforcements behind in proper battalions. The chimneys of the Australian travelling kitchens were actually smoking. Some of tho transport teams were driven, and others ridden, and the advantage of the latter system' for military purposes was clearly shown when the order was given to trot. Some wildness was noticeable among the driven horses, but the ridden teams were absolutely under control.

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MAORIS ARRIVE IN EGYPT, Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2430, 8 April 1915

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MAORIS ARRIVE IN EGYPT Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2430, 8 April 1915

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