The British Landing at Havana: An Example of an Eighteenth-century Combined Operation

By David Syrett, published August 1969


The success of this amphibious operation was the result of careful planning, the provision of hundreds of support vessels, and rigorous division of labour between the navy which landed the troops and the army which then carried out the plans. On 7 June 1762 1,800 rank-and-file men, with units of artillery and engineers, were landed to the east of Havana, without a single loss of life. This beachhead was not quickly exploited, but it was a demonstration of the strategic advantage enjoyed by the British.

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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