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How 62,000 Were Defeated By A Mere 750 British

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The Battle of Plassey was a gigantic victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies on June 23, 1757. Now not all of the battles in this list were won with military tactics or bravery. And the Battle of Plassey was a great example of befriending your enemies’ enemy as well as British duplicity. The King of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah, had ordered the British East India Company to stop expanding their fortifications in Bengal. The British meanwhile had no intention of stopping and were spoiling for a fight. They were seemingly not even fazed when their meager force of 3,000 troops (made up mainly of lightly armed Indian grunts and only actually 750 British soldiers) came up against a force of around 62,000 Indian soldiers. The British forces were under the control of Col. Robert Clive who made the genius move of bribing Mir Jafar, the commander of the Bengali’s army. Pretty genius move considering what came next. When the two opposing sides met on the battlefield they began firing artillery at each other, before a rainstorm interrupted the hostilities. The British forces managed to quickly cover their gunpowder and cannons. A portion of the Bengali forces not under the control of Mir Jafar charged the British position assuming their artillery had been soaked and rendered as useless as their own. They were wrong. As the storm passed, the British guns opened fired, mowing down scores of Indian troops. This blundering initial attack combined with Mir Jafar keeping the majority of the army out of combat forced the King of Bengal to hastily retreat. With the Battle won, the British rewarded Mir Jafar for his duplicity by installing him as the ruler for the region. The British would go onto capture Calcutta to the north and strengthen their position on the sub-continent, eventually pushing out both the Dutch and French from the region. AskMen: http://askmen.com/ Follow us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/AskMencom Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AskMen Follow us on Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/askmen Let us know know your opinions by commenting below!