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Handing over the Drawing of Battle of Rakgahawatte in 1564

2021-04-01

A painting portraying the first recorded Artillery firing in the Sri Lankan history prepared by the 9th Field Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery was presented to the Regimental Centre, Sri Lanka Artillery, on 31 March 2021. The drawing was symbolically handed over to Major General Sampath Kotuwegoda, the Comandant Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force and the Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery by Lieutenant Colonel Lanka Kaluaggala, Commanding Officer of 9th Field Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery at the Regimental Headquarters. The incident depicts the Battle of Rakgahawatte in 1564 where King Rajasinghe of Sitawaka fired an artillery gun himself to destroy the Potuguese boats which were advancing along the Kelani river to attack him. The source of the incident was extracted from “ඒ.පී 4 දරණ පුස්කොල පොත/අලකේෂ්වර යුද්ධය” - Colombo Museum” and the english book “Line of Muskets and Cannons in Sri Lanka”