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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. collecting troops from bases in Britain and Canada and crusing around the Atlantic in secrecy used to be a huge feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces thoroughly all of sudden and following vicious combating, the town defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel within the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The luck of the raid motivated British army coverage for hundreds of years because the actual strength of amphibious battle was once learned. writer David Greentree tracks each element of the raid from its origins to the seige and attack of El Morro. each one part is followed through complete colour illustrations from Donato Spedaliere and Giuseppe Rava in addition to maps, pictures, and interval artwork.

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Two or three Spanish guns had managed to fire but each time had been soon O n 17 July Pocock had this map of the batteries made for a report to Anson. The Grand Battery's advanced location (point D) is clearly apparent. From mid-July, El Morro suffered around 500 direct hits and 30 casualties each day. Anson would never see the map as he died on 7 June. (Staffordshire Record Office) 53 Havana 1762 silenced; however, the risk of musketry and wall pieces still made advancing the sap a hazardous occupation.

The Grand Battery's advanced location (point D) is clearly apparent. From mid-July, El Morro suffered around 500 direct hits and 30 casualties each day. Anson would never see the map as he died on 7 June. (Staffordshire Record Office) 53 Havana 1762 silenced; however, the risk of musketry and wall pieces still made advancing the sap a hazardous occupation. The next night was different, with twothirds of the distance achieved. By noon on 19 July the covered way before the seaward bastion was reached, and that evening work began on a sap along the feature.

As the sun went down, elements of the landing force were within 1xh miles of El Morro, but had an uncomfortable time 'laying upon their arms that night, with very heavy rains' (Journal). Thunder and lightning greeted the arrival of the British, and the troops became soaked to the skin when the downpour extinguished their fires. 38 A p p r o a c h and L a n d i n g The march inland The next morning on 8 June, Albemarle led a march inland through the woods to the open country around Guanabacoa. Knowles had recommended an immediate occupation of the heights of La Cabana, which he had reported 'dominated the Morro, as well as the city'.

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