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British Lion the Burmese Tiger Campbell and Maha Bandula       Vol. 1, The
   


  ISBN : 9788176483384
  WL Order Code :  I8663
  Price :  US$25.00
  New Delhi 2002,
  90 pp., 7 pp. illus., 1 map, 185 x 240 mm  Weight  0.410 kg
  Blackburn, Terence R.; British Lion the Burmese Tiger Campbell and Maha Bandula Vol. 1, The
: Actors on the Burmese Stage. A Trilogy of the Anglo-Burmese Wars
   
 
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In the early 1820s, the Burmese seriously considered marching to Bilat (England), sacking London, and placing one of their princes on the English throne. Such ignorance of the power of the British was to bring about the first of three conflicts between the two countries, during which the Burmese, utterly surprised and frustrated with the superior firepower of the “white faced strangers”, often inflicted the most appalling tortures and mutilations on their captives. The catalyst, which brought Campbell, the British Lion, and Maha Bandula, the Burmese Tiger, on a collision course, was Burma’s expansionist policies. Bengal was threatened, and the British declared war. The Burmese fiercely defended their almost medieval kingdom with antiquated weapons, the invaders replied with rockets and heavy artillery firing shot and shells. Bandula should have by sheer weight of numbers defeated the British but his battle plans were flawed. Campbell seized his opportunity and routed the Burmese. Bandula was killed, a huge indemnity demanded, and rich coastal regions were surrendered to the British. Yet today, despite his humiliating defeat, the name of Bandula is remembered with pride by the Burmese, while that of Campbell is known only to a few dozen historians.
 

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