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THE BATTLE OF PONDICHERRY - OCTOBER 23rd 1757, AND THE ECLIPSE OF BRITISH INDIA.

The efforts of France to utilize local allies to capture Madras from the British in 1756 had come to naught in part due to a lack of modern, European artillery and engineers. These had arrived at the French colony of Pondicherry in July 1756 aboard the fleet of the Duc de Bergereau, but had not been ready to move north to Madras by the end of that year's campaigning season. When the bulk of the sepoys besieging Madras disbanded towards the end of 1756, it looked like the French effort to drive out their British rivals was at an end for the foreseeable future. However, French diplomacy on the subcontinent continued to be highly proficient, and in the summer of 1757 native armies returned to follow the fleurs des lys in a renewed offensive.
The bulk of these troops were sent against the British possessions in Bengal. The rest attacked Madras from the direction of Mysore supported by the French army that…