By Peter Harrington

After fairly lowly beginnings as a author within the East India corporation, Robert Clive rose to be possibly crucial unmarried determine within the historical past of British involvement in India. At Plassey on 23 June 1757 Clive's 3,500 local and East India corporation troops confronted a military of 50,000 less than the French supported nawab Siraj-ud-daula. Having succeeded in conserving his powder dry in a torrential rainstorm, Clive's weapons have been capable of open a murderous hearth at the enemy. Siraj-ud-daula's assault used to be overwhelmed off and the counter-attack which Clive introduced swept the sphere; with simply the French gunners struggling with to the last.

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