Collingwood and Ganteaume: The French Offensive in the Mediterranean, January to April 1808: Part I

By Piers Mackesy, published February 1955


In the first part of an article adapted from his Julian Corbett Prize Essay of 1952, the author explains the circumstances underlying a seeming failure of Admiral Collingwood to bring his French counterpart Ganteaume to action in the early months of 1808. The strategic situation in the Mediterranean of 1807/8 is described and Joseph Bonaparte’s preparations for the invasion of Sicily by nearly 20,000 troops are outlined. The French army was ready but Joseph had only a small naval force at hand, and could do nothing without more substantial naval support.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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