Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins

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Read Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History Online Free - For over three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the War of Independence.

Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the very edge of Europe, Gibraltar was a place of varied nationalities, languages, religions and social classes. During the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and diseases. Very ordinary people lived through extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to an attempted invasion of England and a daring sortie out of Gibraltar into Spain. Deadly innovations included red-hot shot, shrapnel shells and a barrage from immense floating batteries.

This is military and social history at its best, a story of soldiers, sailors and civilians, with royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, priests, prisoners-of-war, spies and surgeons, all caught up in a struggle for a fortress located on little more than two square miles of awe-inspiring rock. Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History is an epic page-turner, rich in dramatic human detail - a tale of courage, endurance, intrigue, desperation, greed and humanity. The everyday experiences of all those involved are brought vividly to life with eyewitness accounts and expert research.

Title : Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History
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ISBN : 1408708671
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Jean rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

From 1779 to 1783 the Spanish and French Ships had blockaded the British owned City of Gibraltar. The Spanish also besieged the city by land. The obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies by some historians. The authors tell the story of the siege. They tell...

Craig rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

Author gives a detailed description of the 14th siege of Gibraltar. It seems that he gives unneeded emphasis on first person reports from letters and diary entries. I would have preferred he take that information and turn it into a narrative. He describes in detail the British effort to defend Gi...

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