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The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783

Posted by William Young on October 25, 2012

International History

René Chartrand. Gibraltar, 1779-83: The Great Siege. Campaign series. Illustrated by Patrice Courcelle. Botley, England: Osprey, 2006. ISBN 978-1-84176-977-6. Chronology. Illustrations. Photos. Maps. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 96. $19.95.

James Falkner. Fire over the Rock: The Great Siege of Gibraltar, 1779-1783. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword Military, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84415-915-4. Chronology. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xix, 168. $39.99.

Britain captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1713/14).  The Peace of Utrecht (1713) confirmed Britain’s control of Gibraltar.  Britain defended and kept Gibraltar during the War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-1720), Anglo-Spanish War of 1727-1729, War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-1748) and the Anglo-Spanish conflict during the latter part of the Seven Years War (1756-1763).  Then, in the midst of the American War of Independence (1775-1783), Spain allied with France against Britain in the Convention of Aranjuez (April 1779).  Spain, under King Carlos III, subsequently…

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One Response to “The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783”

  1. Keith Mackie said

    Dear William

    I came across you blog google-ing Gibraltar.

    Some time ago, perhaps going back a few decades, I came across an book on the 18th century Gibraltar seiges – probably the 1779-83 seige that reproduced a contemoporary cartoon (Punch or the like) showing three dukes, French and Spanish, with their knickers down, kneeling with their arses towards Gibraltar and a caption “Farting against Thunder”. It makes a superb graphic for use in technical papers to get the message across without being too coarse or blunt and I should very much like to get fair copy for my files to use when needed.

    I wonder if you have ever come across this cartoon? If you have, I will be very pleased if you can let me know how I can obtain it i.e. reference to book etc.



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