Elephants at Mess
I've been doing a little supplementary reading about logistics in Indian campaigns, in the vague hope of perhaps integrating it into a campaign game. The key points appear to be...
1. Once you can get the Brinjarries (travelling grain wholesalers) onside, the supply of food is not a problem so long as one has money to pay for it.
2. European troops and sepoys eat differant food. Indian food is available locally, but ensuring that Tommy Atkins gets his salt beef and arrack as sudden changes of diet can incapacitate, albeit briefly.
3. Transport is the main issue, bullocks are used for the most part and as pack animals rather than pulling carts.
Player Briefing Note
Horses - Faster than bullocks when drawing artillery pieces ,can at a pinch act as remounts for the cavalry. They do require more looking after than bullocks. Consumes one fodder.
Bullocks - Slow, but strong and dependable. Relatively easy to feed and can pull carts as well as operate as a pack animal. They carry more than horses. Consumes one fodder.
Elephants - Very expensive in terms of fodder and feeding, elephants simply can’t be bettered for tasks requiring sheer strength. Useful for drawing siege artillery and engineering tasks, they require careful handling. Consumes two fodder.
I also came across this article, "Britain's Fighting Elephants" while looking for information online, some nice pictures.