Assaye 1803

Wellington's first and ‘bloodiest’ victory

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Assaye 1803

Wellington's first and ‘bloodiest’ victory

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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.

Table of 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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Published 10 May 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846030017
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 37 b/w; 68 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 166
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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