Wellington's First and Bloodiest Victory
Artwork by Peter
Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, won his military reputation
in Spain and Portugal and sealed his place in history by defeating
Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo.
as the "Sepoy General" by Napoleon, Wellesley did not
care about the disdain he was held in and admitted his tactical
abilities were "all India."
it is the early part of his military career that is covered superbly
in Osprey's Assaye 1803 : Wellington's First and Bloodiest
by Simon Millar Assaye 1803 is an informative and interesting
examination of the fighting in India during the Second Maratha
War between 1803 and 1805.
explains the complicated political situation on the sub-continent
expertly and sets up the clash of arms by detailing both the opposing
leaders and armies, as well as providing a two-page chronology
political and military manouevres are fascinating, the escalade
and capture of Ahmednugger fortress is exciting - boosted by the
evocative images from artist Peter Dennis - and then the major
armed struggle begins between Wellesley and the Maratha chiefs
Scindia and Berar.
Assaye Wellesley's 15,000 men faced upwards of 20,000 enemy infantry
and 50,000 cavalry. The clash would be bloody, hard-fought and
a true test for the British commander's abilities.
are not enough books on the British wars in India and this volume
of the Campaign Series is a welcome addition to Napoleonic Wars
knowledge. Every follower of the Duke of Wellington should get
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