|British officers consult with sepoys behind|
Today marks the 251st anniversary of the Battle of Wandewash (in Tamil:.வந்தவாசி - Vandavasi)
|French East Indies Regiment with sepoys in support (an old picture - and Hawkwood, I know the colours are in the wrong spots. That has been remedied!)|
Wandewash was Lally's last play to defeat the British. He attempted to recapture the fort at Wandewash which had fallen into British hands. He feinted towards another British held fort at Conjerverum, hoping to draw the British away from Wandewash.
|Map of the battle|
|Sepoys with French NCO|
Coote was met with a charge by Mahratta cavalry, allies of the French. The Mahrattas suffered heavy casualties and disbursed. Lally then drew his army up to meet the British, leaving only 300 men surrounding the fort.
|Article from Military Modelling|
|Fields at Wandewash today|
The northern end of the field was dominated by Wandewash Hill or Mountain.
|Wandewash Hill - Steeper than the above map would indicate|
|My gaming version - too stylised?|
Lally immediately took command of the 300 European cavalry and charged, only to be met with artillery fire ( I know a few gamers who use those tactics!). The French advantage in European cavalry over the British force of 80 troopers was lost in minutes.By the time the French cavalry rallied the battle was over and it covered the retreat.
|Regiment Lally - Crusader Miniatures|
|Camel jingal in trouble - nothing to do with the battle at all!|