The Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút
was fought between Tây-Sơn (Vietnamese) and Siamese
forces in present-day Tiền Giang
Province on January 19, 1785. It went down as one of the greatest victories in Vietnamese history.
when Tây-Sơn rebel forces recaptured Saigon and forced Nguyễn Ánh
to escape across the river to Siam
. While in exile Nguyễn Ánh wished to retake Gia Định and push the Tây-Sơn rebels out. One of Anh's general, Chau Van Tiep
, convinced the peaceful King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke
to provide Nguyen Anh with support troops and a small invasion force.
In mid-1784 Nguyễn Ánh
,<!--q:Shouldn't we use the name Gia Long
instead?, a: No he wasn't Gia Long at this time--> with 20,000-50,000 Siamese
troops and 300 warships, moved through Cambodia
, then East of Tonle Sap (Toh Lay Sap in Thai) and penetrated the recently annexed provinces of Annam. 20,000 Siamese troops reached Kiên Giang and another 30,000 landed in Chap Lap, as the Siamese advanced towards Cần Thơ
. Later that year the Siamese captured the former Cambodian province of Gia Định where, they committed atrocities against the population of Việt settlers, this made some locals turn their support into Tây Sơn.
The Tay Son reforcements led by Nguyen Hue marched south from Quy Nhon and arrived Cochin China territory soon after. Hue avoided a direct attack into strong... Read More