Danubyu (Myanmar)

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Danubyu cruise port

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Local Time
09:13 14 Nov 2018

17.26706 N, 95.58742 E

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Danubyu is a town in Ayeyarwady Division, south-west Myanmar. It's the seat of Danubyu Township in Maubin District. Danuphyu Township consists of 450 villages, 63 village groups, 16 wards and 1 city. The capital city is Danubyu, split into sixteen wards.Danubyu (Myanmar) river cruise port

The cruise season in Danubyu lasts from January through December. The local currency is Kyat (MMK), the language spoken here is Burmese.

Battle of Danubyu (March–April 1825)

  • The commander in chief of Burmese army, Maha Bandula (1782-1825), fell back to the rear base at Danubyu, in Irrawaddy delta. Having lost some of his most experienced men in Yangon, Burmese forces already numbered about 10,000 including some of the king's best soldiers and many barely armed and untrained conscripts. 
  • In March 1825, a 4,000 strong British force supported by gun boats' flotilla attacked Danubyu. However, the first British attack failed, so Bandula tried a counter charge, with cavalry, 17 fighting elephants and foot soldiers. The elephants were stopped due to rocket fire and it turned impossible for the cavalry to move against the British artillery fire.
  • On April 1, the British launched their major attack, pounding down on Danubyu with heavy guns and raining their rockets on the whole Burmese line. Maha Bandula was killed by mortar shell. He had walked around the fort in order to boost the morale of his men, discarding the warnings of the generals that he would prove a target for enemy's guns. After the death of Bandula, the Burmese evacuated the town of Danubyu.

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