By David Greentree

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At the peak of the Seven Years' battle, nice Britain made an audacious strike on the center of Spanish colonial energy within the Caribbean. amassing troops from bases in Britain and Canada and crusing around the Atlantic in secrecy was once a big feat. The raid on Havana took Spanish colonial forces thoroughly without warning and following vicious struggling with, town defences at El Moro collapsed. Havana, the jewel within the Spanish colonial crown, now belonged to Britain. The luck of the raid inspired British army coverage for hundreds of years because the real power of amphibious conflict used to be learned. writer David Greentree tracks each element of the raid from its origins to the seige and attack of El Morro. every one part is observed by means of complete colour illustrations from Donato Spedaliere and Giuseppe Rava in addition to maps, photos, and interval artwork.

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10 H o w e ' s Cabanas. 30 am. 3 Mercury and Bonetta silence the fort at Bacuranao. Movements of 8 June 4 The Light I n f a n t r y battalion forms up and advances on Cojimar castle. Movements of 9 - 1 2 June 5 Dragon and Bonetta commence firing at Cojimar castle at 2 . 3 0 p m and marines are landed at 4 . 0 0 p m . Elliot occupies Guanabacoa. grenadiers move o n t o the 9 - 1 2 June 1 1 H o w e ' s probe a g a i n s t t h e S p a n i s h Redoubt prompts the g u n s to be spiked. 12 Carleton moves onto the Cabanas and a s s a u l t s S p a n i s h Redoubt on 1 1 J u n e .

Convoy scatters, and Britannia, Pelling, Betsy&Sally, Nathaniel&John and Hopewell are taken.

The British had benefited from the woods protecting the whereabouts of the batteries. Robertson concluded that the timing of the Spanish assault could not have been better as 'next day our two gun batteries were to be finished, and the guns for them were on the road where the enemy were first stopped by our picquet, so that had they had spirit to have pushed on they might have spiked them all up'. However, this may have been more coincidence than design. Robertson suggested that their focus was on the mortars near the beach and the guns on the Spanish Redoubt and that they were 'quite ignorant of our batteries being so far advanced'.

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