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A Far-Flung Gamble - Havana 1762

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At the height of the Seven Years' War, Great Britain made an audacious strike at the heart of Spanish colonial power in the Caribbean. Gathering troops from bases in Britain and Canada and sailing across the Atlantic in secrecy was an incredible feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces completely by surprise and following vicious fighting, the city defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel in the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The success of the raid influenced British ...

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Overview

At the height of the Seven Years' War, Great Britain made an audacious strike at the heart of Spanish colonial power in the Caribbean. Gathering troops from bases in Britain and Canada and sailing across the Atlantic in secrecy was an incredible feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces completely by surprise and following vicious fighting, the city defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel in the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The success of the raid influenced British military policy for centuries as the true potential of amphibious warfare was realized. Author David Greentree tracks every aspect of the raid from its origins to the seige and assault of El Morro. Each section is accompanied by full color illustrations from Donato Spedaliere and Giuseppe Rava along with maps, photographs, and period artwork.

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"... the success of this raid proved the real potential of amphibious warfare."
- www.mataka.org (November 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039874
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Series: Raid Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 812,874
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Greentree was born in Portsmouth in 1970. He attended Portsmouth Grammar School, where he developed an interest in military history. He studied for a degree in History at York before taking an MA in War Studies from King's College, London, and then qualified as a lecturer in further education in Cardiff. In 1995 he accepted a commission into the Royal Air Force. He has served in a variety of locations, including most recently a detachment to Afghanistan in 2006. Currently he works for the Ministry of Defence in London. His other interests include sailing in the Baltic and going on battlefield tours, both with the armed forces, and writing about them when he returns.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Origins 7

Initial Strategy 12

The Caribbean expedition 1759 12

Relations with the Spanish 13

The strategic position 14

The Caribbean situation 1762 16

Decisions taken in London 17

British commanders 19

Spanish commanders 20

Plan 22

Mackellar's memorandum 25

Landing from the sea: procedures, equipment and experience 27

Spanish preparations at Havana 30

Approach and Landing 31

The approach 31

Arrangements for the landing 34

Prado's reaction 35

The landing 36

The march inland 39

The approach to El Morro 42

The Siege of EL Morro 44

The construction of the siege works 44

The first Spanish sortie 47

The bombardment 50

The battle of the batteries 51

The siege approaches to the ditch 53

The Assault of EL Morro 55

The second Spanish sortie 55

The effects of disease 56

The journey of the Americans 56

The assault across the ditch 60

Capitulation 62

Occupation 66

Redeployment 70

Peace 71

Analysis 72

Conclusion 76

Bibliography 78

Index 80

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