Wellington and the British Army’s Indian Campaigns 1798-1805
Martin R. Howard
The Indian theatre of the Napoleonic Wars has been neglected. It was a brutal conflict in which British armies made up of King’s regiments and native and European troops of the East India Company clashed with the forces of Mysore and the Maratha princes. There were dramatic pitched battles at Assaye, Argaum, Delhi and Laswari, and epic sieges at Seringapatam, Gawilghur and Bhurtpore. British success was not universal. This talk considers Wellington’s vital role, the nature of the warring armies, the significance of General Lake’s campaigns in North India and the human experience of war in the region.
Martin R. Howard is the author of Wellington and the British Army’s Indian Campaigns 1798-1805 (2020). His other works include Death Before Glory! The British Soldier in the West Indies in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793−1815, Walcheren 1809,Wellington’s Doctors and Napoleon’s Doctors. He is a Consultant Haematologist and a Visiting Professor at the University of York.