Assaye 1803: Wellington's first and 'bloodiest' victory (Campaign)

Assaye 1803: Wellington's first and 'bloodiest' victory (Campaign)

Simon Millar, Peter Dennis


Wellington stated that of all his battles Assaye, fought throughout the moment Mahratta struggle (1803-05) in crucial India, was once 'the bloodiest for the numbers that I ever saw'. A small British strength, less than Major-General the Honourable Arthur Wellesley (as Wellington was once then known), crossed into Mahratta territory in March 1803 to revive the Peshwa to his throne - by way of strength if worthwhile. On September 23, 1803, Wellesley encountered what became out to be the whole Mahratta military in a robust place at the banks of the Kailna River. The conflict, which lasted 4 hours, witnessed high priced infantry and cavalry attacks, yet was once gained by way of the stability of Wellesley's troops and his inspiring management.

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