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Gibraltar 1779–1783: The Great Siege (Campaign #172)
After Spain declared war against Britain on 21 June 1779, 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 ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Osprey Publishing
(first published July 10th 2006)
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Britain captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1713/14). The Peace of Utrecht (1713) confirmed Britain’s control of Gibraltar. Britain defended and kept Gibraltar during the War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-1720), Anglo-Spanish War of 1727-1729, War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-1748) and the Anglo-Spanish conflict during the latter part of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Then, in the midst of the American War of Independence (1775-1783), Spain allied ...more
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