The Indian Campaign. ProjectThe project of expedition to India is sometimes described in literature like a fantastic idea of the "Mad tsar Paul" who, in his adherence to England, could not see the difference between reality and fantasy. "This fact -writes Russian historian Korniloff - clearly reflects the madness of Paul I and terrifying consequences, that it would lead to". N. Schiller, like many others, describes the difficulties and sufferings of Cossacks on march sent by Paul I on the spot to non-prepared expedition without information on resources of the countries located on the way to India without sufficient subsistence, wagon-trains ambulances and even without maps.
The expedition to India was designed like a deep military operation and was supposed to involve the allied French-Russian military actions.
This top-secret project, elaborated in St Petersburg, bears the traces of French origin. As we shell see below, there was a kind of "system" in that "madness" and to justify this we would need a precise point of view on the events that follow. Firstly, there was a desire of Paul I "de fair bouger" the Cossacks i.e. to limit their freedom and privileges and to introduce more order and discipline in their ranks during military actions. Secondly, the Indian project matches well Bonaparte's Egyptian expedition in 1798. And if nobody accuses Napoleon for his "fantastic" expedition to the Nile and further, why should we blame Russian tsar for his "mad" project related to India...?
This threat motivated them to take Alexandria. However later they would see what Russians had been preparing for them. For Russians it is quite easier to reach India as they are already in Persia. Russia, faster than other powers moves forward to world's control...'". The plan of campaign to India as we already mentioned was a top-secret scheme and consisted of three independent military movements. Let us describe them one alter another.
Dr. Alex Zotov, FINS, St.Petersburg, Russia