Battle of Delhi (1803)

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Battle of Delhi
Part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War
Date 11 September 1803
Location Delhi, Maratha Empire
Result British victory
Belligerents
British East India Company Maratha Empire
Commanders and leaders
Gerard Lake Louis Bourquin
Strength
4,500 19,000
Casualties and losses
estimated 484 men killed or wounded.[1] estimated 3,000 killed or wounded[2]

The Battle of Delhi took place on 11 September 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, between British troops under General Lake, and Marathas of Scindia's army under General Louis Bourquin and Wable Sardar. The battle was fought at Patparganj, right across Yamuna River from Humayun's Tomb, also giving the battle its local name.[3]

The Marathas occupied a strong position with the Jumna in their rear, and Lake, feigning a retreat, drew them from their lines, and then turning upon them drove them with the bayonet into the river, inflicting more losses upon them. The city of Delhi surrendered three days later.

A monument was later erected at the site in Patparganj, marked out by a surrounding ditch, commemorating Cornet Sanguine and British soldiers who fell during the battle.[4]

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