Gibraltar 1779–1783

The Great Siege

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Gibraltar 1779–1783

The Great Siege

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After Spain declared war against Britain on 21 June 1779 during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), a siege by land and sea was deployed against Gibraltar. For four years the garrison of Governor Elliot was blockaded and starvation was never far away. Despite constant Spanish bombardment, the garrison maintained high spirits thanks to the resolute attitude of Elliot, who embodied all the virtues of steadfast resistance and defiance against the odds. Frustrated by failure, the Spanish called in French forces under the Duc de Crillon. The French built armoured battering ships, designed to be immune to British fire while they pulverized the defences, but this too failed to capture 'the Rock'. The seige was finally broken in 1782, breaking too the Franco-Spanish spirit and was a prelude to the final British victory in February 1783. This book examines this fascinating siege and people involved in it.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/The Great Siege/The Sortie/The Siege of Minorca/Gibraltar holds on/The Grand Attack/Admiral Howe's Relief/Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Select Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Jul 25 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841769776
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 30 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 172
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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René Chartrand

RENÉ CHARTRAND was born in Montreal and educated i…

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