The Redcoat History Podcast

The battle of Plassey Part 2: Clive of India and how to capture a fort single-handed

December 14, 2019

India – 1756. Calcutta is lost. The British have been defeated and have been forced to retreat in disgrace.  

But inspired by the horror of the infamous Blackhole of Calcutta incident they are now full of a righteous desire for revenge.

After a series of internal squabbles Command of the expedition to retake Calcutta is given to a man named Robert Clive, a man who will play a big part in today’s episode and a man whose legacy is still with us.

But who is he and what was his background?

Find out in this episode as the thin red line of heroes takes on the huge army of the Nawab of Bengal, a drunk Sailor captures a fort single-handed and the British suffer heavy losses as they battle the French in a brutal artillery fight at Chandernagor. It's rip-roaring stuff.