Axis initiative and Allied reaction The outbreak of war By the early part of the German dictator Adolf Hitler had become determined to invade and occupy Poland. Poland, for its part, had guarantees of French and British military support should it be attacked by Germany.
The truth was somewhat different, and throughout his long career the battle of Assaye — where the 34 year-old Wellesley commanded an army against the Maratha Empire — was the one that he considered to be his finest achievement, and one of the most closely fought.
Aside from shaping his burgeoning reputation, Assaye also paved the way for British domination of central India, and eventually the entire subcontinent.
A Monarch Unveiled on HistoryHit. By the turn of the 19th century the British had a firm foothold in the region, and had finally defeated the Tipoo Sultan of Mysore inleaving the Maratha Empire of central India as their main rivals.
The Marathas were a coalition of fierce kingdoms of horse-riding warriors, who had emerged from the Deccan plain in central India to conquer huge swathes of the subcontinent throughout the 18th century. Their main weakness by was the size of the empire, which meant that many of the Maratha states had reached a level of independence that allowed them to quarrel with one another.
Mornington sensed an ideal influence to extend British influence into Maratha territory, and agreed to assist Baji Rao in exchange for a permanent garrison of British troops in Poona, and control over his foreign policy.
Wellesley then marched from Mysore, where he had seen action in the fight against the Tipoo, and restored Baji to the throne in May, backed by troops of the East India Company and Indian allies.
By the Maratha Empire covered a truly huge territory. The other Maratha leaders, including Scindia and Holkar, were outraged by this British interference in their affairs, and refused to acknowledge Baji as their leader. Scindia in particular, was furious, and though he failed to convince his old enemy to join him, he did form an anti-British alliance with the Rajah of Berar, the ruler of Nagpur.
When Scindia refused to back down war was declared on the 3rd August, and the British armies began to march into Maratha territory.
The first action of the war was the taking of the Maratha city of Ahmednuggur, which was a quick decisive action using nothing more sophisticated than a pair of ladders. Young and impetuous, Wellesley was aware that due to the small size of its armies, much of the British success in India was based on an aura of invincibility, and therefore quick victory — rather than a long drawn-out war, was crucial.
After days of chasing them he reached them at the Juah river on the 22nd September. The British commander, however was confident. Most of his troops were Indian sepoys, but he also had two superb highland regiments — the 74th and the 78th — and knew that out of the Maratha ranks only around 11, troops were trained and equipped to European standard, though the enemy cannon were also a worry.
He wanted to press the attack straight away, always maintaining momentum. The Marathas, however, had trained all their guns on the only known crossing place of the Juah, and even Wellesley admitted that attempting to cross there would be suicide.
As a result, despite being assured that no other ford existed, he searched for one near the small town of Assaye, and found it. The crossing was spotted quickly and the Maratha guns were trained on his men, with one shot decapitating the man next to Wellesley.
He had achieved his wildest hopes, however, and completely outflanked his foe. An officer of the 74th Highlanders. Many Indian regiments that took part on the British side also won battle honours, though these were stripped from them after independence in The Martha response was impressive, as Pohlmann wheeled his whole army around to face the threat, so that his formidable line of cannon had a clear shot.
Knowing that they had to be taken out as a matter of priority, the British infantry marched steadily towards the gunners, despite the heavy pounding that they were taking, until they were close enough to fire a volley and then fix bayonets and charge. The impressive courage which the big highlanders of the 78th in particular had shown disheartened the Maratha infantry, which began to run as soon as the heavy cannon in front of them had been taken.
The battle was far from over however, as the British right began to advance too far towards the heavily fortified town of Assaye and suffered shocking losses.
The survivors of the other highland regiment — the 74th — formed a hurried square which dwindled quickly but refused to break, until a charge of the British and Native cavalry saved them, and put the rest of the huge but unwieldy Maratha army to flight. Still however the fighting was not done, as several of the gunners who had been feigning death turned their guns back on the British infantry, and Pohlmann reformed his lines.
Maratha gunners re-man their cannons. In the second charge Wellesley — who lead a charmed life during the battle and had already had one horse killed under him — lost another to spear and had to fight his way out of trouble with his sword.
This second fight was brief however, as the Marathas lost heart and abandoned Assaye, leaving the exhausted and bloodied British masters of the field. History enthusiasts take part in a reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo.
His war against the Marathas was not done after the battle, and he went on to besiege the survivors at Gawilghur, before returning to England. After Holkar died in British domination of India was all but complete, greatly aided by the result and decisiveness of Assaye, which had scared many local states into submission.Start studying Strengths and Weaknesses of the British and the Americans in the Colonial Revolution.
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