|British March from Rangoon to Danubyu (February 1825).|
Beef, their religion did not allow them to traffic in; but there was no scarcity of buffalos for the ample supply of all the troops.
This column was to move in a direction parallel to the Lain (Hlaing) river, driving the enemy from all his posts, upon that branch; and to join the Irrawaddy at the nearest accessible point, for the purpose of co-operating with the marine column proceeding up the Panlang (Pan Hlaing) channel, in driving the Bandoola from Donoobew (Da-nuu-byu), should its aid for that purpose be required; and to keep up their supplies, a fleet of commissariat canoes, under an officer of the navy, was to accompany the column as high up the Lain (Hlaing) river as the depth of water would permit.
|Pan Hlaing, Hlaing, and Rangoon Rivers (2011).|
The campaign, the most poorly managed one in British military history, cost the British five million pounds sterling (roughly 18.5 billion in 2006 US dollars) to 13 million pounds sterling (roughly 48.1 billion in 2006 US dollars) that led to a severe economic crisis in British India in 1833. For the Burmese, it was the beginning of the end of their independence. The Third Burmese Empire, for a brief moment the terror of British India, was crippled and no longer a threat to the eastern frontier of British India. The Burmese would be crushed for years to come by repaying the large indemnity of one million pounds (then US$5 million), a large sum even in Europe of that time. The British would make two more wars against a much more weakened Burma, and swallow up the entire country by 1885.)