The author of Wellington in the Peninsula presents an in-depth study of the British military commander’s early career in Colonial India.
Before Arthur Wellesley, the future 1st Duke of Wellington, faced Napoleon's armies, he developed his skills as a military commander in the far reaches of the British Empire. In India, Wellesley led his men to victory against the Tipu Sultan at the Battle of Mallavelly, and suffered injury at the Battle of Seringapatam. He would later put his experience of strategy and tactics to masterly effect against his most formidable opponent in years to come.
Historian Jac Weller gives a complete account of Wellington's career in India, the battles and sieges he undertook, the challenges he faced, and the lessons he learned. Weller explores the first major steps in Wellesley's career and demonstrates how these early triumphs set him on the road that would eventually lead to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.