Maha Bandula (မဟာဗန္ဓုလ)
Burmese. Name of a
Burmese general, who was commander-in-chief of the Royal Burmese
Armed Forces from 1821 AD until 1825 AD. He was a brilliant
strategist and showed his remarkable generalship in the the First
Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826 AD), in he was killed by a mortar shell
on 1 April 1825 AD, during the Battle of Danubyu.
Bandula was a key figure in the
Konbaung Dynasty's policy of expansionism in Manipur and Assam,
which eventually resulted in war and the beginning of the downfall
of the dynasty. He is celebrated as a national hero by the Burmese
for his resistance to the British, and today, some prominent places
in the country are named after him.
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