THE SIEGE AND CAPTURE OF HAVANA, 1762.

Syrett, David. (Ed.).


£35.00




NRS, 1st.ed., 1970. Xxxv + 355 pp., 9 plates & 2 maps (both fldg.). Blue buckram ; gilt. 23 x 15cm. FINE. The British capture of Havana in 1762 is an almost forgotten campaign of the Seven Years' War - this is only the second study on the subject during the 20th century and by far the most comprehensive to date. The Earl of Canwilliam landed a vast army of British troops, transported and escorted to Cuba by a strong naval squadron under the command of Admiral Pocock. The forces laid siege to Havana and Morro Castle ' the key to the enemy defences ' and took them by storm. After two months and eight days the Spanish were defeated and the island captured. This combined land and sea operation dealt a severe blow to Spanish power in Central America and stands as a prime example of military and naval co-operation during the 18th century. FINE copy.


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