By Simon Millar, Peter Dennis
Wellington stated that of all his battles Assaye, fought in the course of the moment Mahratta warfare (1803-05) in valuable India, used to be 'the bloodiest for the numbers that I ever saw'. A small British strength, lower than Major-General the Honourable Arthur Wellesley (as Wellington used to be then known), crossed into Mahratta territory in March 1803 to revive the Peshwa to his throne - through strength if priceless. On September 23, 1803, Wellesley encountered what became out to be the complete Mahratta military in a powerful place at the banks of the Kailna River. The conflict, which lasted 4 hours, witnessed high priced infantry and cavalry attacks, yet used to be received by means of the soundness of Wellesley's troops and his inspiring management.
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