Battle of Assaye, 23 September 1803
Coloured aquatint by J C Stadler after William Heath, published by Thomas Tegg, 1 April 1818.
The battle, fought during the 2nd Maratha War (1803-1805), was the first of Major-General Arthur Wellesley's great victories. With about 4,500 troops, only 1,300 of whom were Europeans, he routed the opposing forces of over 30,000 after a desperate struggle. Wellington considered this the bloodiest action, for the numbers of men engaged, that he ever fought.
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