THE NAVY IN INDIA, 1763-1783.

Richmond, Admiral Sir Herbert.


1st.ed., 1931. 432 pp., frontis + 15 other plates ' maps & battle-plans ' (2 fldg.). Green cloth; gilt. 24 x Some light discolouring of binding o/w V.G. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Grafton Road, Acton. Feast of St. Ninian of Galloway, 1989." A study of the policy governing the British naval forces in India and the operations conducted in the Indian theatre during the wars between 1763 (the close of the Seven Years' War) and 1783 (the close of the American War of Independence). Admiral Richmond examines the policies which influenced strategy and governed tactics employed by the commanders and looks at the circumstances of weather, supplies, health and other aspects of campaigns fought so far from home in the 18th century. The book begins with a study of the policy of the East Indian Squadron, 1763-1781; the effects of the Dutch entry into the conflict ; the capture of Negapatam and Trincomali ; the battles of 1782 ; the loss of Trincomali ; the wintering arrangements for the squadron ; the spring operations of 1783 ; and the battle in June that year. In addition, the appendices provide information on the maritime defences of India under the East India Company, 1763-1783 ; De Bussy on the expedition to India of 1781 ; The status of de Bussy in command ; Instructions to de Souillac and d'Orves ; Instructions to the French naval and military commanders in India ; The proposed second attack on the Cape ; The proposed British expedition to the South Seas ; Admiral Hughes on the defence of Bombay ; and Hughes on the situation in India in 1783. Richmond was on the East Indies station during the 1920s and took the opportunity to research for this book in the archives of Ceylon and Pondicherry. SCARCE.

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