If you would like us to send you an email whenever we add new stock please enter your email address below and click GO. The phrase basket-type hilts refers to a large group of hilts which provide a degree of protection to the hand and wrist. Basket-hilted swords have featured prominently among British military edged weapons over the past five centuries, from the Wars of the Roses in the mid fifteenth century to the period immediately after the second Boer War of the early twentieth century. In setting out to give a full account of the hilt type, and the many variants within it, the first necessity has been to provide an appropriate terminology to employ in cataloguing and describing individual examples.
Beginning inWellesley served at Dublin Castle pictured as aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland. Despite his new promise, he had yet to find a job and his family was still short of money, so upon the advice of his mother, his brother Richard asked his friend the Duke of Rutland then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to consider Arthur for a commission in the Army.
While in Ireland, he overextended himself in borrowing due to his occasional gambling, but in his defence stated that "I have often known what it was to be in want of money, but I have never got helplessly into debt". He became a captain on 30 Januaryand was transferred to the 58th Regiment of Foot.
Flanders Campaign Wellesley as Lieutenant Colonel, aged c. Portrait by John Hoppner Inthe Duke of York was sent to Flanders in command of the British contingent of an allied force destined for the invasion of France.
In JuneWellesley with the 33rd regiment set sail from Cork bound for Ostend as part of an expedition bringing reinforcements for the army in Flanders. They arrived too late and joined the Duke of York as he was pulling back towards the Netherlands. On 15 Septemberat the Battle of Boxtel east of BredaWellington, in temporary command of his brigade, had his first experience of battle.
During General Abercromby's withdrawal in the face of superior French forces, the 33rd held off enemy cavalry, allowing neighbouring units to retreat safely.
During the extremely harsh winter that followed, Wellesley and his regiment formed part of an allied force holding the defence line along the Waal River. The 33rd, along with the rest of the army, suffered heavy losses from sickness and exposure.
Wellesley's health was also affected by the damp environment. After seven weeks at sea, a storm forced the fleet back to Poole. Wellesley was promoted full colonel by seniority on 3 May  and a few weeks later set sail for Calcutta with his regiment. Portrait by Robert Home Under the command of General Harrissome 24, troops were dispatched to Madras to join an equal force being sent from Bombay in the west.
During the battle, Wellesley led his men, in a line of battle of two ranks, against the enemy to a gentle ridge and gave the order to fire. Wellesley suffered a minor injury to his knee from a spent musket-ball. He resolved "never to attack an enemy who is preparing and strongly posted, and whose posts have not been reconnoitered by daylight".
One of these groves, called the Sultanpet Tope, was intersected by deep ditches, watered from a channel running in an easterly direction about a mile from the fort.
General Baird was directed to scour this grove and dislodge the enemy, but on his advancing with this object on the night of the 5th, he found the tope unoccupied. The next day, however, the Mysore troops again took possession of the ground, and as it was absolutely necessary to expel them, two columns were detached at sunset for the purpose.
The first of these, under Colonel Shawe, got possession of a ruined village, which it successfully held. The second column, under Colonel Wellesley, on advancing into the tope, was at once attacked in the darkness of night by a tremendous fire of musketry and rockets. The men, floundering about amidst the trees and the water-courses, at last broke, and fell back in disorder, some being killed and a few taken prisoners.
In the confusion Colonel Wellesley was himself struck on the knee by a spent ball, and narrowly escaped falling into the hands of the enemy. Wellesley secured the rear of the advance, posting guards at the breach and then stationed his regiment at the main palace.
To restore order, several soldiers were flogged and four hanged. While in India, Wellesley was ill for a considerable time, first with severe diarrhoea from the water and then with fever, followed by a serious skin infection caused by trichophyton.
However, on the eve of its departure, orders arrived from England that it was to be sent to Egypt to co-operate with Sir Ralph Abercromby in the expulsion of the French from Egypt.
Wellesley had been appointed second in command to Baird, but owing to ill-health did not accompany the expedition on 9 April This turned out fortunately for Wellesley, since the very vessel on which he was to have sailed foundered with all hands in the Red Sea. He took residence within the Sultan's summer palace and reformed the tax and justice systems in his province to maintain order and prevent bribery.
He paid for the future upkeep of Dhoondiah's orphaned son. Despite initial setbacks, the East India Company having pursued and destroyed his forces once already, forcing him into retreat in Augusthe raised a sizeable force composed of disbanded Mysore soldiers, captured small outposts and forts in Mysore, and was receiving the support of several Maratha killedars opposed to British occupation.
With this victory Wellesley's campaign was concluded, British authority had been restored.
Second Anglo-Maratha War When he determined that a long defensive war would ruin his army, Wellesley decided to act boldly to defeat the numerically larger force of the Maratha Empire. With the fort now in British control Wellesley was able to extend control southwards to the river Godavari.
Wellesley later remarked that it was his greatest victory. His intelligence, however, reported the location of the Marathas' main army, between two rivers near Assaye.
Wellesley ordered his cavalry to exploit the flank of the Maratha army just near the village. I never saw a man so cool and collected as he wasTears, Idle Tears.
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depth of some divine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
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