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By David Greentree

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At the peak of the Seven Years' battle, nice Britain made an audacious strike on the middle of Spanish colonial energy within the Caribbean. accumulating troops from bases in Britain and Canada and crusing around the Atlantic in secrecy used to be a massive feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces thoroughly all of sudden and following vicious scuffling with, the town defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel within the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The luck of the raid prompted British army coverage for hundreds of years because the real capability of amphibious battle was once discovered. writer David Greentree tracks each point of the raid from its origins to the seige and attack of El Morro. every one part is followed via complete colour illustrations from Donato Spedaliere and Giuseppe Rava besides maps, images, and interval artwork.

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Enemy naval vessels would be another matter, however. On 2 June the frigates Alarm and Echo sent to lie on the Cay Sal bank sighted five sail: the Spanish frigate Thetis, the armed store ship Phoenix, and three smaller vessels, all part of a convoy from Havana to collect timber for the shipyard. The Alarm and Echo engaged the Thetis and Phoenix for over 30 minutes and forced them to strike their colours. A brig and a schooner were also taken, but the remaining schooner escaped back up the channel to take news of the British fleet to Havana.

In 1759 the attempt to take Martinique ran into trouble because of the close terrain of the interior. Martinique's jagged coastline has 300ft cliffs rising almost perpendicularly from the sea, and its mountainous interior with peaks rising over 5,000ft, riven with deep ravines, in 1762 was covered with tropical forest and thick thorns, and dotted with cane plantations. For French irregulars sniping and ambushing from concealed and often entrenched positions, this camouflage country was so perfect a deserter complained he 'found no enemy to fight'.

Bridgeman Art) 45 Havana 1762 at the siege works. Albemarle wrote to Pocock that he was so distressed for water with this dry weather that 'unless you are so good to assist us, I don't know what we shall do'. On 15 June, in order to secure a water supply and also cut off the streams that supplied Havana, Howe landed at Chorera with two battalions of grenadiers, 300 light infantry, and 800 marines. Water had to be transported from there to the landing beach near Cojimar and then manhandled to the men working on the batteries.

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