Battle of aligarh

Battle of Aligarh
Part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War
Date September 1–4, 1803
Location Aligarh, India
Result British victory
Belligerents
British East India Company Maratha Empire
Commanders and leaders
General Lake Pierre Cuillier-Perron
Casualties and losses
900 ?

The Battle of Aligarh also known as the Battle of Ally Ghur was fought between the Maratha Confederacy and the British East India Company during the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803–1805) at Aligarh, India.

Aligarh Fort, one of the strongest forts in India, was fortified and commanded by a French mercenary officer Pierre Perron. It was laid under siege on 1 September 1803, by the British 76th Regiment, now known as the Yorkshire Regiment, under General Lord Gerard Lake. It was captured from the Marathas on 4 September 1803.[1] During the assault, fourteen ditches were lined with sword-blades and poisoned chevaux-de-frise around the fort by the French. The walls were reinforced with French artillery and tigers and lions of Scindia’s menagerie were also used by the French.[1] During the battle, the British lost as many as 900 soldiers.[1] The then Duke of Wellington declared the capture as "One of the most extraordinary feats".[2]

References

External links

  • Decisive Battles of India from 1746 to 1849 Inclusive, By George Bruce Malleson


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