Health and Military Factors in Vernon’s Failure at Cartagena 1741

By Julian de Zulueta, published May 1992


The author argues that although there were clear factors such as the prevalence of disease, inexperience of the Army Commander and poor co-operation between sea and land forces, this failure may owe more to Vernon’s command misjudgements of the strength of Spanish defences and attack focus than previously considered. Here the successful assault through Boca Chica followed by 17 days of attacking the Castle of San Luis and the resultant 600 English casualties may point to a bludgeon rather than a carefully crafted siege in the manner of Havana of 1762which succeeded in similar circumstances.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea

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