Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783. First Edition in dustjacket


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McGUFFIE, T. H. The Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783. London: B.T. Batsford, (1965). First Edition. Pp (6),7-208,+ 16 pp plates. Maps. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, top edge dyed blue. "From 1779 to 1783 the British in Gibraltar, under General Eliott, were continuously besieged by overwhelming French and Spanish land and naval forces. The garrison, never more than 7,000 men, facing the constant hazards of disease and starvation andwithstanding successive attacks trom fireships, heavy bombardment and batt ering ships, held out for year after year against an enemy which at times numbered over 40,000. On three occasions the close blockade was broken — by Admirals Rodney, Darby and Howe —and vital supply broueht to the British force, twice on the brink of starvation. The morale of the garrison, boosted though it was by these reliefs, was sustained throughout by their commander's indefatigable and resolute handling of the Rock's defence. In the middleof the siege, when 6,000 shells were daily being thrown into the town, Gen eral Eliott led an epic sortie that in a single night —27 November 1781 —destroyed painstakingly-established lines of enemy works. In the end, thanks to Eliott's military genius and to naval superiority, one of the most fearful sieges in history was raised and Gibraltar remained, a vital fortress, in British hands. It is this story, appalling, heroic, but surpnsingly little known, whic is related here by T. H. McGuffie. His account, while presenting the siege in its historical context and evaluaing its military significance, concentrates on the day-to-day struggle for survival by garrison and townspeople alike. Drawing on the diaries and letters of participants and illuminated by contemprary paintings and engravings, the author's narrative makes the siege appear as vividly atual to the reader as though he himself had been involved in it." (from the dj). Contents : 1. The rock. 2. The fortification of Gibraltar. 3. The opening of the great siege. 4. Blockade andrelief. 5. The blockade resumed. 6. The second relief. 7. The bombardment. 8. Sortie. 9. Assault by battering-ships. 10. Final relief and truce. 11. The peace and its aftermath. Spotting to fore-edge, top edge faded, else very good in worn and torn, price-clipped dustjacket. 17.50

Title: Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: McGUFFIE, T. H.

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Publisher: B. T. Batsford, London, 1965,:

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