Louisbourg 1758

Louisbourg 1758

Wolfe’s first siege

Campaign 79
  • Author: René Chartrand
  • Illustrator: Patrice Courcelle
  • Short code: CAM 79
  • Publication Date: 25 Dec 2000
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Louisbourg represented a major threat to Anglo-American plans to invade Canada. Bypassing it would leave an immensely powerful enemy base astride the Anglo-American lines of communication - Louisbourg had to be taken. Faced with strong beach defences and rough weather, it took six days to land the troops, and it was only due to a stroke of daring on the part of a young brigadier named James Wolfe, who managed to turn the French beach position, that this was achieved. The story is largely based on firsthand accounts from the journals of several participants, including French Governor Drucour's, whose excellent account has never been published.

Biographical Note

René Chartrand was born in Montréal. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Québec, with his wife and two sons.Patrice Courcelle was born in France in 1950 and has been a professional illustrator for some 20 years. Entirely self-taught, his dramatic and lucid style has won him widespread admiration in the field of military illustration. Patrice lives a few miles from the battlefield of Waterloo with his wife and son.


Origins of the Campaign
Opposing Plans
Naval Operations 1756-57
Opposing Commanders (British & French)
Opposing Armies (British & French)
The Siege of 1758
Naval and Military Preparations
The siege day-by-day
The Landing
Taking Lighthouse Point
Bombardments Begins
Wolfe takes Green Hill
the French Sally
Artillery Duels
French Ships Damaged
Breaches and Fires
The Surrender and Cambis' Regiment "Mutiny"
The Fortress of Louisbourg Today

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