The battle of Bobbili
and the attack on fort of Bobbili
on January 23, 1757, is a significant historical event in southern India, particularly in state of Andhra Pradesh
. The battle also has significant cultural impact due to the bravery, valor and courage of people involved and it has since became a subject of folklore which is prevalent even today.
The attack led by the Rajah of Vizianagaram
, Vijayaramaraju, who had a running feud with the Rajah of Bobbili, was aided by French General Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau
and his troops.
The attack on the fort at Bobbili made by General Bussy in 1756 is one of the most memorable episodes in Indian history. There was a constant feud between the chief of Bobbili and the Raja of Vizianagram; and when Bussy marched to restore order the raja persuaded him that the fault lay with the chief of Bobbili and joined the French with 11,000 men against his rival. Although the French field-pieces at once made practicable breaches in the mud walls of the fort, the defenders held out with desperate valour. Two assaults were repulsed after hours of hand-to-hand fighting; and when, after a fresh bombardment, the garrison saw that their case was hopeless, they killed their women and children, and only succumbed at last to a third assault because every man of them was either killed or mortally wounded. An old man, however, crept out of a hut with a child, whom he presented to Bussy as the son of the dead chief. Three nights later four followers of the... Read More