Battle of Plassey

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Battle of Plassey
Part of 3rd Carnatic War
Seven Years War
Date: 23 June 1757
Location: Plassey, West Bengal
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 23.774666°N 88.292284°E
Result: Decisive victory for British East India Company
East India Company Siraj Ud Daulah (Nawab of Bengal),
La Compagnie des Indes Orientales
Col Robert Clive Mir Jafar Ali Khan
2,200 European soldiers,
2,100 Indian sepoys
100 gunners,
9 cannon (eight 6-pounders and a howitzer)
5,000 soldiers,
53 cannon
22 killed
(7 Europeans, 16 natives),
53 wounded
(13 Europeans and 36 natives)
500 killed and wounded

This was an event during the 3rd Carnatic War


After the Siege of Chandernagore the Nawab determined to break his treaty with the British. Mir Jafar, who was conspiring against Siraj ud Daulah, was persuaded to change sides this gave victory to Clive at the battle of Plassey.

British Field Army

  • Six 6-pounder guns
  • 9th Battery, 12th Regiment, Royal Artillery (about 120 men)
57 seamen from HMS Tiger
  • Advance post artillery
  • Two 6-pounder guns
  • Two howitzers


Entries in the Dictionary of Indian Biography 1906
Robert Clive (1725-74)
Mir Jafar (1691-1765)
Suraj-ud Daulah (1731-57)

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Palashi/Palasi
Variants: Plassey

External Links

Historical Books on-line

The Decisive Battles of India: from 1746 to 1849 inclusive - Plassey

Recommended Reading

"Plassey" by M Edwardes 1963 ASIN B0000CLQD6

"Plassey 1757: Clive of India's Finest Hour" by Peter Harrington. Oxford: Osprey 2005 (96pp)

Lord Clive meeting with Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey