Assaye 1803

Assaye 1803

Wellington's first and ‘bloodiest’ victory

Campaign 166
  • Author: Simon Millar
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: CAM 166
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9781846030017
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Wellington said that of all his battles Assaye, fought during the Second Maratha War (1803-05) in central India, was 'the bloodiest for the numbers that I ever saw'. A small British force, under Major-General the Honourable Arthur Wellesley (as Wellington was then known), crossed into Maratha territory in March 1803 to restore the Peshwa to his throne. On September 23, Wellesley encountered what turned out to be the entire Maratha army in a strong position on the banks of the Kailna River. The battle witnessed costly infantry and cavalry assaults, but was won by the steadiness of Wellesley's troops and his inspiring leadership.

Biographical Note

Simon Millar was born in Malaysia in 1957. He joined the British Army in 1977, and having retired in 1994 subsequently rejoined his regiment, the Irish Guards, in 2001. He has previously written Campaign 91: Kolin 1757: Frederick the Great's First Defeat' for Osprey. Simon currently lives in Wiltshire, UK. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as ‘Look and Learn', he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

The origins of the campaign
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
The road to war
The campaign of Assaye
The battle of Assaye
The aftermath of the battle
The battlefield today
Bibliography and further reading
Index

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