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He set out from Bangkok in November , travelling by way of Uttaradit and Nan. He arrived at Luang Prabang on January 14, , in time to witness the outbreak of hostilities that were to last three months before ending in failure. The Haw were armed with modern repeating rifles and Birmingham-manufactured ammunition, while many were skilled in guerrilla warfare.

They used demoralising tactics such as mutilating captives, employed punji stakes , and made surprise night attacks. Magic was still believed in and was resorted to by both sides. At the predetermined time, a gun was fired and the attacking forces began their advance against the Haw stronghold, a well-defended stockade metres long by wide, surrounded by bamboo and watched over by seven towers each about 12 metres high. The Thai and Laotian troops advanced in companies of 50 men, each under the White Elephant flag of Siam, and established themselves behind a temporary palisade metres from the Haw fort.

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The attacking forces were armed with Armstrong 6-pounder 2. McCarthy noted that most of the firing seemed to come from the Haw watchtowers and, despite Thai and Lao courage and almost reckless indifference to injury, "considerable execution" was caused to them.

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The Haw, on the other hand, remained relatively unscathed. At two o'clock in the afternoon, the Thais suffered a further setback when their commander-in-chief, Phraya Raj, was injured by a shot "weighing about two pounds, which glanced off the post of a Chinese joss house where he was standing and struck him in the leg. Subsequently, McCarthy made enquiries into the origins and purpose of the Haw invaders.

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He concluded that the Governor of Yunnan had sent them into the region to harass the French. This may have been true of the Black Flags in Tonkin, but there is no direct indication of official Chinese involvement in Laos. The Haw continued their depredations until the mids, when a combination of Siamese and ultimately French pressure forced them to retreat to China. Today the Haw Wars are all but forgotten. One memorial to the Thai and Lao soldiers killed in the struggle stands in front of the old Nong Khai City Hall, now a community center and museum.

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Contents [ show ]. March 15, Royal Institute - Archived from the original on April 5, Retrieved April 13, Tai Literary and Cultural Centre web site. Retrieved 2 February During the years to two Siamese military expeditions made an effort to put down these depredations and reassert Siamese suzerainty. Categories :.

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