The Capture of Havana 1762

By Nicholas Tracy, published August 1969


The article explains the political background to this attack, and the personalities and abilities of the commanders of the British forces. The plan of attack on Manila, drawn up by General Draper, depended for success on surprise and harmony between the army and the navy. The Spanish were completely surprised, and the Spanish could do no more than remove some of their powder, stored near the landing place. Cooperation between army and navy was perfectly maintained, and a massive artillery barrage eventually brought about surrender, after a very small loss of life amongst the British forces.

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

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