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Siege of Ahmadnagar
Part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War
Date8–12 August 1803
LocationAhmednagar, India
Result British victory
Territorial
changes
Maratha Confederacy
Belligerents
Flag of the British East India Company (1801).svg British East India Company

Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Confederacy:

Commanders and leaders
Arthur Wellesley
Strength
24,000 Unknown

The Siege of Ahmednagar was the first battle of the Second Anglo-Maratha War fought between the Maratha Confederacy and the British East India Company.

When he determined that a long defensive war would ruin his army, Wellesley decided to act boldly to defeat the numerically larger force of the Maratha Empire. With the logistic assembly of his army complete (24,000 men in total) he gave the order to break camp and attack the nearest Maratha fort on 8 August 1803.[1][2] The fort surrendered on 12 August after an infantry attack had exploited an artillery-made breach in the wall. With the fort now in British control Wellesley was able to extend control southwards to the river Godavari.[3]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Holmes (2002). p. 69.
  2. Holmes (2002). p. 73.
  3. Holmes (2002). p. 74.

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