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Author Adkins, Roy (Roy A.), author.

Title Gibraltar : the greatest siege in British history / Roy and Lesley Adkins.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    946.89 ADK    Available
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Description xxvi, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Note "First published in the United Kingdom in 2017"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-416) and index.
Contents Prologue: Disaster -- Beginnings -- Blockade -- Invasion -- Firepower -- Shortages -- Moonlight battle -- Rodney's relief -- Smallpox -- Gunboats -- Scurvy -- Darby's convoy -- Bombardment -- Devastation -- Surrender -- Countersign steady -- Minorca falls -- French ingenuity -- Tunnels -- Waiting -- Mass attack -- Explosion -- Hurricane -- Peace and plenty -- Aftermath.
Summary "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. Britain's obsession with saving its garrison there ultimately helped account for its 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. In the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, while the conflict produced deadly artillery developments, including red-hot shot, shrapnel shells and immense floating batteries. Very ordinary people endured extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to a dramatic sortie from Gibraltar into Spain. This is military and social history at its best, a story of 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."-- Dust jacket flap.
Subject Gibraltar -- History -- Siege, 1779-1783.
Added Author Adkins, Lesley, author.
ISBN 0735221626

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