By David Greentree
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At the peak of the Seven Years' struggle, nice Britain made an audacious strike on the middle of Spanish colonial strength within the Caribbean. amassing troops from bases in Britain and Canada and crusing around the Atlantic in secrecy used to be an immense feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces thoroughly without warning and following vicious combating, the town defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel within the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The good fortune of the raid stimulated British army coverage for hundreds of years because the precise strength of amphibious battle used to be discovered. writer David Greentree tracks each element of the raid from its origins to the seige and attack of El Morro. every one part is observed via complete colour illustrations from Donato Spedaliere and Giuseppe Rava in addition to maps, pictures, and interval artwork.
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Extra info for A Far-Flung Gamble - Havana 1762
Another parallel for mortars was started to the left of the Grand Battery on 25 June, under the direction of Captain Dixon, 233yds from El Morro. However, building the wooden The S i e g e of EL Morro platforms for the batteries, making several thousand sandbags and hundreds of mantelets for their protection, and bringing up enough ammunition for a sustained barrage served to delay the reduction of El Morro. Crucially, Pocock had trust in the judgement of his army colleagues and was willing to assist them, requesting Commodore Keppel to 'supply the army with guns, ammunition, and men as far as he finds proper'.
Unfavourable winds and currents caused delay in forming two lines, but Hervey took care to keep each unit 'as connected as possible'. 00am was the order to row to shore given. Meanwhile the Richmond and Trent fired their guns at the landing beach and the woods behind to deter any defenders. 30am soldiers of the first wave jumped into moderate surf from boats made steady by the bowmen, and waded ashore with loaded muskets high above their heads and their cartridge belts slung over their shoulders.
30am are they ready to row towards shore. A p p r o a c h and L a n d i n g 8 June 6 Main army marches on Guanabacoa. 7 Carleton advances on Guanabacoa down west side of Cojimar River. EVENTS KEY Movements of 7 June 8 Carleton's Light Infantry repels Spanish cavalry charge. 7 June 9 1 Flat bottomed boats, escorted by six ships of the line and smaller craft, have formed into two waves. 10 H o w e ' s Cabanas. 30 am. 3 Mercury and Bonetta silence the fort at Bacuranao. Movements of 8 June 4 The Light I n f a n t r y battalion forms up and advances on Cojimar castle.
A Far-Flung Gamble - Havana 1762 by David Greentree