‘Meer Laziness’ or Incompetence: the Earl of Torrington and the Battle of Beachy Head

By Peter Le Fevre, published August 1994


Mr Lee would have us believe that Torrington was not a scapegoat but, by his behaviour at Beachy Head, he was entirely responsible for the outcome. Torrington, Mr Lee suggests was prepared to let the Dutch be destroyed, because it was revenge for the defeats at the Four Days Battle in 1666 and Texel in 1673.

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Filed under: English Channel | Nine Years' War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy

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