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Han Pengfei

Han Pengfei is a Chinese footballer who plays for Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall. Han Pengfei started his football career when he joined Dalian Shide's youth academy in 2008. On 1 July 2013, he moved to Campeonato Nacional side Mafra, he made his debut for the club on 25 August 2013 in a 2–0 win against Atlético Riachense. On 18 January 2016, Han transferred to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao. On 26 July 2016, he made his debut for the club in a 2–1 away win against Beijing Guoan in the 2016 Chinese FA Cup, coming on as a substitute for Feng Xiaoting in the 81st minute, he made his Super League debut four days on 30 July 2016, playing the whole match in a 2–1 home win over Henan Jianye. On 24 February 2017, Han was loaned to Super League newcomer Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng for one season. On 3 March 2017, he made his debut for Guizhou in the first 2017 Chinese Super League match against Liaoning FC, he committed a foul to concede a penalty, scored by James Chamanga, as Guizhou Zhicheng tied with Liaoning 1–1.

On 14 October 2017, Han scored his first senior goal in a 3–2 home defeat to Changchun Yatai. On 28 February 2018, he made a permanent transfer to Guizhou Hengfeng with a one-year contract. On 30 January 2019, Han transferred to Super League newcomer Wuhan Zall; as of 11 November 20181Other tournaments include Chinese FA Super Cup. Mafra Campeonato Nacional: 2014-15Guangzhou Evergrande Chinese Super League: 2016 Chinese FA Cup: 2016 Chinese FA Super Cup: 2016 Han Pengfei at Soccerway

Siege of Pondicherry (1778)

The Siege of Pondicherry was the first military action on the Indian subcontinent following the declaration of war between Great Britain and France in the Anglo-French War. A British force besieged the French-controlled port of Pondicherry in August 1778, which capitulated after ten weeks of siege. Following the colonial victory at Saratoga in October 1777, France decided to declare war on Great Britain as an ally to the United States. Word first reached the French Indian colony of Pondicherry in July 1778 that France and Britain had recalled their ambassadors, a sign that war was imminent; the British colonies had received orders to seize the French possessions in India and begun military preparations. Pondicherry was the capital of French India and the largest of France's possessions on the subcontinent; the British would capture all of the other possessions without resistance in 1778. The French governor, General Guillaume de Bellecombe, had at his disposal about 700 French troops and 400 sepoys, a city whose fortifications were in some disrepair.

Pondicherry, as was the case with a number of other European colonial outposts in India, changed hands due to military action several times in the colonial period. Attempts to improve its defences after the last round of battles in the Seven Years' War were frustrated by political infighting in the French colonial administration. In 1778 the outer works of the city were incomplete, with significant elements unfinished and parts of the city exposed to direct attack. Bellecombe set about improving the defences, working as as possible in anticipation of British movements. Key gates were blocked and gun batteries were constructed along the shore, anything that might give cover to the British on their advance on the defences was removed or destroyed. Bellecombe received additional troops before the British arrived; the garrison from Karikal add about 100 sepoys to the defence, some of Pondicherry's inhabitants took up arms. A small French navy was assembled to counteract the small British navy. Admiral Tronjoli took command of the 64-gun ship of the line Brillant, the frigate Pourvoyeuse and three smaller ships, Sartine and Brisson.

The British colonial administration in Madras placed General Hector Munro in command of an army of nearly 20,000 men, which began arriving within a few miles of Pondicherry on 8 August. By 20 August the full army had arrived, the city was surrounded, siege operations began; the first noteworthy exchange between the forces was a naval encounter. Admiral Edward Vernon's fleet consisted of five ships, carrying less firepower than the French fleet. Vernon commanded the 60-gun ship of the line HMS Rippon, was assisted by HMS Coventry, HMS Seahorse, HMS Cormorant, the East India Company's ship Valentine. In a inconsequential two-hour engagement in which Tronjoli was wounded, the French fleet drove Vernon away on 10 August. On 14 August French ships spotted two unknown sails, their captains unaware of the hostilities, sailed before Pondicherry with British flags flying. Two of the French fleet and Sartine lazily gave chase; the British merchant ships escaped, but Sartine was captured when she strayed too close to the British squadron on 25 August.

The loss of parity between the navies was made up by the arrival at Pondicherry of the 26-gun frigate Elizabeth, another private ship, pressed into service in the French fleet. On 20 August, the British fleet, now six ships, appeared again; the French fleet, although it had been augmented by Elizabeth, was forced to leave Le Brisson in the harbour due to damage sustained in the first engagement, was thus at a disadvantage. The next day, Tronjoli sailed the rest of the fleet south. Sources disagree on whether or not battle was offered or attempted on either side, but no battle took place, Tronjoli continued south. Bellecombe was surprised and dismayed to learn on 2 September that Tronjoli had sailed for Île de France, leaving Elizabeth and La Pourvoyeuse behind; the British troops were not noticeably active in their siege operations until September. Bellecombe used the remaining time to further strengthen the defences, constructing more dikes and iron-cladding the powder magazine, he repeatedly had to stop the ineffective fire of cannon at the distant British positions.

On the night of 1 September the British advanced a force of about 300 as cover for engineers to begin siege operations. Two positions were identified for attack. Batteries were established to cover this work, a third battery was placed to the southwest on 3 September, positioned to enfilade the French defences. Bellecombe's response was to send out a few hundred men to feint an attack on the southern battery; this drew nearly 3,000 British troops within reach of the French guns, which inflicted significant damage with only a single French death. The British siege operation proceeded throughout September under heavy fire. British batteries moved progressively closer to the walls; the hospital had to be evacuated, the powder magazine was emptied. On 19 September a British cannonball killed the commander of the French artillery. By 24 September breaches were beginning to show in the bastions under attack, by 6 October the British trenches had reached the inner ditches, with additional gun batteries doing significant damage along the entire French works