Discussion in 'Military History' started by W.G.Ewald, Dec 2, 2011.
Battle of Assaye - Second Mahratta War
Without the victory in the battle of Assay the Brits would have not managed to conquer the subcontinent.And later on those colonial rascals rewarded the regiment that they used to conquer peninsular India by calling them a non martial race.
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This battle showed the growing technological and tactical backwardness of Indian warfare in the 19th century.
Only 6,500 British and Madrasis were able to defeat over 40,000 Marathas. Compare this to the guerrilla warfare of Shivaji's day when the Marathas were overwhelmingly outnumbered by Aurangzeb and all the resources he had at his disposal, and yet still managed to fight a successful resistance.
I guess it was the European artillery to which the Marathas really had no answer. Morover they were severely weakened by the Third Battle of Panipat and this was only logical.
Ranjit Singh made a huge mistake in not supporting the Marathas against Abdali.
Two more excerpts:
The 1857 revolt happened north of the Vindhyas. It was limited to a particular geographical region and the troops that mutineed were not from the Madras regiment.
Infact Madras regiment was one of the most loyal regiments during in 1857. The other loyal sections were Punjabi troops and Gurkhas.
But the colonial @#$%$# showed their true racist colors by reducing the strength of the Madras regiment using the racist Martial Race crap theory.
You DFI guys are always sending me off to consult Wiki.
Martial Race - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Brits were right about the Scots, however.:thumb:
Jat Regiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I only know that scots are tight fisted and that the men wear mini skirts
I only know that scots are tight fisted and that the men wear mini skirts and do cacophony with a bundle of pipes
Apparently, this satisfied the British criteria for "manliness".
Do you believe in the martial race theory???
PS: Any body can edit Wikipedia. There were plenty of ethnicities and kingdoms that were a very big challenge to the British in their 'quest for power and domination in India'.
Marathas, Mysore, Poligars are a few examples.
Every time I cite Wiki I know that anybody can edit it. I will make "Anybody can edit Wiki" my tagline.
No, I do not believe the Marital Race theory. There are just some people I would prefer not to mess with.:-D
People from Eastern Tennessee, for example.
LOL Nice one
Marathas were experts of Light Cavalry and Skirmish wars, although some huge head on battles were also won. I don't know how much their cavalry adapted to the British artillery over the decades but we know the results. The outcome of ones like Palassy proved fatal for many Indian powers directly or indirectly. Palassy is well known as the military turning point for East India Company's India venture.
a better question should be why are madrasis fighting alongside the british ?
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