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BATTLE OF ABOUKIR BAY
The Battle of Aboukir Bay, also known as the Battle of the Nile, was a naval battle during the Napoleonic Wars between Great Britain and France, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated Napoleon Bonaparte's fleet at the Egyptian seaport of Aboukir on the 1st of August 1798. The defeat put an end to French designs in the Middle East.
BATTLE OF ABU KLEA
The Battle of Abu Klea was an engagement between British forces and Dervishes in the Sudan on January 17th 1885 at Abu Klea, a group of wells on the track from Korti to Metemmeh. A camel corps with about 1800 troops under General Herbert Stewart, part of the British expedition to relieve General Charles Gordon in Khartoum, was attacked by 10000 Dervishes. The British force formed a square that was broken for a short time; it closed up again and beat off the attack, but Colonel Frederick Burnaby, a noted soldier and explorer, was killed in the battle.
BATTLE OF ACRE
The Battle of Acre was a victory for the crusaders on July the 12th 1191 during the Third Crusade. Acre, defended by Saladin, was forced to surrender after a long siege lasting from 1189 to 1191 by Christian forces. English king Richard I massacred nearly 3000 Muslim prisoners. The Battle of Acre was a Muslim victory on May the 18th, 1291 that marked the end of the Christian crusaders' presence in the Holy Land. In April, 1291, Egyptian Mamelukes laid siege with 160,000 troops to Acre, then one of the few remaining Christian strongholds. Despite efforts to reinforce the city, it fell, and its surviving defenders were killed. Within a few months, the last of the crusaders had been killed or driven out of the Holy Land.
BATTLE OF ACTIUM
The Battle of Actium was a decisive naval engagement fought off the promontory of Actium on September the 2nd, 31 BC, between the Roman fleet of Octavian, under the command of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, and a combined Roman‑Egyptian fleet commanded by Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The battle represented the culmination of the old rivalry between Antony and Octavian for control of the Roman world and had been preceded by a long period of skirmishing, which included large armies encamped on opposite shores of the Ambracian Gulf. Against the advice of his generals and allegedly at the behest of Cleopatra, who wanted an opportunity to withdraw to Egypt, Antony launched the initial phase of the engagement.
His fleet of approximately 220 heavy craft equipped with missile‑throwing devices attacked at close range. Octavian's fleet of some 260 light vessels had greater maneuverability. The outcome of the battle remained in doubt until Cleopatra, apparently alarmed by an enemy manoeuver, ordered the Egyptian contingent, about 60 vessels, to withdraw. Antony himself followed her, but most of his remaining vessels were soon overtaken and annihilated. The deserted army later surrendered to Octavian.
BATTLE OF ADOWA
The Battle of Adowa was a decisive battle fought at Adowa, in north central Ethiopia on March the 1st 1896. The Ethiopian army of King Menelik II defeated Italian forces, thereby halting for the time Italy's move toward creating an African colonial empire.
BATTLE OF ADRIANOPLE
The Battle of Adrianople was a victory at Adrianople, on July the 3rd 323 AD, for Constantine I, ruler of the Western Roman Empire, during the Roman Civil Wars. Constantine defeated Licinius, emperor of the East. Roughly 50,000 soldiers were involved on each side and some 20,000 were killed.
The Battle of Adrianople was a major Visigoth victory on August the 9th, 378 AD, over the Romans at Adrianople. The Visigoths, under their chief, Fritigern, routed a force of 30000 Romans under Emperor Valens. Valens and 20000 Romans were killed. Emperor Theodosius I was subsequently forced in 382 to come to terms with the Visigoths.
BATTLE OF AEGOSPOTAMI
The Battle of Aegospotami was a Spartan naval victory over the Athenians at the end of the Peloponnesian War 405 BC off Aegospotami. Lysander's decisive victory over the Athenian fleet broke the, until then unchallenged Athenian naval superiority and effectively ended the war.
An Athenian fleet of some 180 triremes lay at Aegospotami and 170 Peloponnesian ships, under Lysander, lay at Lampsacus on the southern shore. On four successive days the Athenian fleet rowed across the strait, hoping to draw Lysander's force out to give battle, but without success. On the fifth day Lysander waited until the Athenians made their usual sortie and returned to their base; once they had anchored, Lysander's fleet made a sudden dash across the water, pounced on the anchored Athenians, captured 160 ships, and killed the crews.
BATTLE OF AGINCOURT
The Battle of Agincourt was fought on the 25th of October 1415 at the French village of Agincourt (now Azincourt) during the Hundred Years' War, between the English under Henry V of England and a much larger force of French under a divided command. The English under Henry V decimated the French, thereby enabling the English conquest of Normandy. Some 6,000 French died and hundreds, including the richest nobles, were taken prisoner. As a result, Henry V gained France and the French princess Catherine of Valois as his wife.
BATTLE OF ALBUERA
The Battle of Albuera occurred on the 16th of May 1811, during the Peninsular War. It was an Allied victory
over the French at Albuera. A French army of about 23,000 troops under Marshal Nicolas Soult, marching to
relieve the siege of Badajoz, was met by the siege force of 30,000 Allied (British, Spanish, and Portuguese)
troops under General William Beresford outside Albuera.
The French were able to retire in good order, taking
about 500 prisoners with them, but the siege of Badajoz was not raised. Of the 6, 000 British troops, only 1, 500
were not wounded. On the morning of the 16th, Soult launched a feint attack against the Allied left flank while
directing his main force against the Allied right.
Beresford had expected a frontal attack and was unable to wheel his troops before the French struck. The Spanish troops on the left were shattered by French musketry and a cavalry charge, and the British 2nd Division was brought from the other side of the field to stop the attack. The British 57th Foot lost 423 of their 575‑strong contingent and earned themselves the nickname the 'Die‑Hards'. There was little room to manoeuver on the ridge, so the battle became a fierce hand‑to‑hand affair. Beresford narrowly escaped capture and was preparing to retreat when the British and Portuguese reserves were brought up and, charging up the hill into the face of the French, routed them.
BATTLE OF ALFORD
The Battle of Alford was fought on July the 2nd 1645 when General Baillie with a large body of covenanters who was defeated by the marquis of Montrose.
BATTLE OF ANGAMOS
The Battle of Angamos was a naval battle fought off Angamos Point, north of Antofagasta in Chile on October the 8th 1879 between the Peruvian ironclad Huascar and the Chilean ironclad Blanco Encalada and Almirante Cochrane, assisted by the corvette Covadonga. The battle lasted one and a half hours when the Peruvians were forced to surrender.
BATTLE OF ANJOU
The Battle of Anjou (Battle of Beauge) was fought between the English and French on the 22nd of March 1421. The English were defeated. This was the first battle that turned the tide of success against the English.
BATTLE OF ANTIETAM
The Battle of Antietam was an important battle of the American Civil War. About 50,000 Confederate troops led by General Robert E. Lee attempted an invasion of the North. They were intercepted on September the 17th, 1862, at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg by a Union army of 70,000 men under the command of General George Brinton McClellan. In the ensuing action, the Union army suffered about 12,000 casualties, including 2108 killed. Lee lost some 25 percent of his force; at least 2700 Confederate soldiers were killed and 10,000 were wounded or missing. Lee's army retreated across the Potomac River the next day, making the outcome technically a Union victory and providing the positive news that President Abraham Lincoln felt was a prerequisite to the issuance of a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
BATTLE OF AQUAE SEXTIAE
The Battle of Aquae Sexitae was a Roman victory in 102 BC over the invading Teutones. The Romans, under Marius, decimated the Teutones at Aquae Sextiae, in what is now southern France, and later defeated the Cimbri, allies of the Teutones.
BATTLE OF ARBELA
The Battle of Arbela took place in 331 BC, in Assyria, and was a victory for Alexander the Great over the Persians.
BATTLE OF ASPERN
The Battle of Aspern was an Austrian victory over Napoleon Bonaparte on the 21st and 22nd of May 1809, his first defeat. The battle took place outside the village of Aspern, north‑west of Vienna. Following the French occupation of Vienna, Archduke Charles gathered the Austrian Army across the river Danube and Napoleon sent 40, 000 troops to confront him on the Marchfield Plain, between the villages of Aspern and Essling. A confused battle ensued, after which the Austrians held Essling and the French Aspern. On the following day Napoleon attacked again and broke the Austrian center, but the Austrians held firm and sent a force to destroy the bridges behind the French. Napoleon ordered the attack to cease and the French then fell back, fighting a rearguard action, to the village of Lobau.
BATTLE OF AUSTERLITZ
The Battle of Austerlitz was one of the greatest military engagements won by Napoleon. It took place near the village of Austerlitz (now Slavkov, in the Czech Republic) on December the 2nd, 1805, between a French army of about 68, 000 and an Austro‑Russian army of nearly 90,000. It is sometimes called the Battle of the Three Emperors because Napoleon, Francis I of Austria, and Alexander I of Russia were all present on the field.
Napoleon had defeated the Austrians at Ulm in October and had occupied Vienna in November, but part of the Austrian army remained intact and moved north to join its Russian ally at Olmutz in Moravia. Napoleon followed, with the aim of winning a quick victory before Prussia could join the anti‑French coalition and tip the scales against him. Napoleon advanced as far as Brunn in late November and then retired a few miles, hoping that the Russian commander, Prince Kutuzov, would try to outflank him and cut off his line of retreat to Vienna.
The anti‑French allies thereupon occupied the Pratzen plateau west of Austerlitz and, on December the 2nd, the Russians advanced to attack Napoleon's right flank, as he had hoped they would. This attack and another by the Austrians on the left flank were both turned back. At that point, Napoleon sent his main force, under Marshal Nicolas Soult, against the allied center, which had been weakened to carry out the flanking movements. After a fierce struggle, the French broke the Austrian and Russian lines, and a complete rout ensued. The French lost 9,000 men; the allies, about 25, 000. As a result of this victory, the third coalition against Napoleon dissolved.
BATTLE OF AYACUCHO
The Battle of Ayacucho was the last major engagement of the South American war for independence. It was fought on December the 9th, 1824 and resulted in a victory for the South American rebel forces under Antonio Jose de Sucre over a Spanish army under Jose de La Serna, the viceroy of Peru. After Sucre and Simon Bolivar defeated a Spanish force at Junin in the central highlands of Peru in August 1824, La Serna marched against them from Cuzco with an army of 10,000 men. Sucre, with 6000 Peruvians and Colombians under his command, tried to avoid battle at first but finally made a stand at Ayacucho early in December. His men attacked the royalist army while it was on its way down from the neighboring hills to meet them, winning an advantage over La Serna before he had a chance to get his troops organized. After an unsuccessful attempt to outflank the rebels, the Spaniards were quickly overcome, and La Serna was taken prisoner. The Battle of Ayacucho marked the end of Spanish power on the mainland of South America.
BATTLE OF BALAKLAVA
In the Crimean War, the Battle of Balaklava (Balaclava) was a Russian attack on British positions on the 25th of
October 1854, near a town in Ukraine, 10 km south‑east of Sevastopol. It was the scene of the ill‑timed Charge
of the Light Brigade of British cavalry against the Russian entrenched artillery. Of the 673 soldiers who took part,
there were 272 casualties.
The Russian army broke through Turkish lines on the 25th of October and entered the
valley of Balaklava, intending to attack the British supply base in the harbor and relieve the encirclement of
Sevastopol by attacking British positions from the rear. The battlefield consisted of two valleys divided by low
hills; the British cavalry's Heavy Brigade were positioned in the South Valley, while the Light Brigade were in the
The first Russian advance broke into the South Valley and was immediately driven back over the hill by the Heavy Brigade, forcing the Russians to fall back on their line of artillery. The Light Brigade were ordered to 'prevent the enemy carrying away the guns' ‑ it seems that this was intended to direct them to the hills where the Russians had captured some Turkish guns, but the order was badly phrased, leading the Light Brigade's commander to assume his target was the Russian guns about a mile away up the North Valley. Erroneously obeying what he assumed to be his instructions, he led the infamous ' Charge of the Light Brigade' up the length of the valley between two rows of Russian artillery, sustaining heavy casualties. A charge by French cavalry saved the Light Brigade from total destruction, and the 93rd Highland Regiment broke up a Russian cavalry attack. The battle ended with the Russians retaining their guns and their position.
BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN
The Battle of Bannockburn was fought between Scottish and English armies, near Bannockburn, Scotland, on June the 24th, 1314, during the Scottish war of independence against England. The battle began when the Scottish forces, numbering about 40,000 troops under the command of Robert Bruce, king of Scotland, intercepted an army of about 60,000 commanded by Edward II of England, which was en route to the relief of a besieged English stronghold at Stirling Castle. After inconclusive skirmishing between patrols of the two armies, the English launched a mass attack, led by cavalry, on the Scottish positions. Bruce, however, had prepared the ground before his lines with a series of deep, camouflaged pits. The mounted English troops blundered into the pits and were slain by Scottish pikemen. In the fighting that followed, the English army was decisively defeated, losing an estimated 10,000 men. Bruce' s victory, accomplished with about 4000 casualties, secured his throne and the independence of Scotland.
BATTLE OF BAUTZEN
The Battle of Bautzen was a French victory in the Napoleonic Wars over a combined Russian and Prussian force on the 20th and 21st of May 1813, at Bautzen, about 40 km north‑west of Dresden. The victory was the result of Napoleon's insistence on punishing the Prussians for deserting his alliance. Napoleon led 115,000 troops against the 100,000‑strong combined army under Marshal Gebhard von Blucher and Count Wittgenstein. He planned to make a frontal attack to fix the troops on his front, while sending Marshal Michel Ney, approaching with another body of troops, against the enemy's right flank. Three French corps crossed the river Spree on the 20th of May and took Bautzen and a ridge of hills.
The combined armies counterattacked on the 21st of May and succeeded in pushing the French back some distance but were then struck by Ney. Although the Russians and Prussians put up a powerful fight, they were incapable of dealing simultaneously with both frontal and flank attacks and the frontal attack, led by Marshal Nicolas Soult, broke through the center while Ney was steadily advancing from the flank. The combined force had no alternative but to retreat, which they were able to achieve in good order, largely because Napoleon had no cavalry to harry them.
BATTLE OF BEACHY HEAD
The Battle of Beachy Head was an English naval defeat in the Channel on the 30th of June 1690 by a French force sailing to London in support of a proposed Jacobite rebellion. The English army at the time under William of Orange was almost entirely occupied in Ireland where the exiled King James II was based. Taking advantage of this weakness, Louis XIV of France prepared a large fleet to attack London, raise a Jacobite rebellion in support of James II, and invade England. Despite this victory, James suffered a series of reverses and was forced to flee to France, so the proposed invasion never took place.
BATTLE OF BEAUGE
See "Battle of Anjou"
BATTLE OF BENNINGTON
The Battle of Bennington was fought during the American War of Independence near the village of Bennington, on August the 16th, 1777. The British general John Burgoyne, on his march south from Canada to join another British force at Albany, sent 800 Hessian dragoons and Indians, placed under the command of the German colonel Friedrich Baum, to capture the American supply base at Bennington. Detachments of the Vermont and New Hampshire militia decisively defeated the British forces, including reinforcements dispatched by Burgoyne after the battle had begun. British casualties were 207 killed and wounded ‑ including Baum, who died two days later ‑ and 600 men taken prisoner; American casualties were 14 killed and 12 wounded.
BATTLE OF BERESINA
The Battle of Beresina was a partial victory of Russian forces over the French army retreating from Napoleon Bonaparte's abortive attempt on Moscow in November 1812. Two Russian armies attacked the French as they crossed the Beresina river on the 28th of November: one army fell on Napoleon who had already crossed the river while the other attacked Marshal Claude Victor's force which formed the rearguard and was just approaching the river. Napoleon managed to beat off the attack on his force, but Victor's troops were less fortunate: the Russians extracted a heavy toll of mainly stragglers and camp‑followers, claiming some 36,000 killed.
BATTLE OF BLACKWATER
The Battle of Blackwater was fought in Ireland on August 14th 1598 when the Irish chief O'Neil defeated the English under Sir Henry Bagnall. Pope Clement VIII sent O'Neil a consecrated plume, and granted to his followers the same indulgence as to Crusaders.
BATTLE OF BLADENSBURG
The Battle of Bladensburg was an unsuccessful American attempt to check the British advance on Washington on the 24th of August 1814 during the American War. The British entered Washington later the same day.
BATTLE OF BLENHEIM
The Battle of Blenheim was fought during the Spanish Succession, on August the 13th, 1704, near the village of Blenheim in Bavaria. Anglo‑Austrian forces, led by the British military leader John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, and the Austrian general Eugene of Savoy, defeated the French and Bavarians under the French marshal Camille de Tallard and Maximilian II Emanuel, elector of Bavaria. The British and Austrian casualties were 4500 killed and 7500 wounded. The French and Bavarians lost a large but undetermined number; 11,000 were taken prisoner. After this defeat French military domination of Europe began to decline.
BATTLE OF BLORE HEATH
The Battle of Blore Heath took place on the 23rd of September 1459 during the Wars of the Roses between the Lancastrians under Lord Audley and the Yorkists under Lord Salisbury who was marching from Yorkshire to join the Duke of York at Ludlow. Lord Audley was ordered to intercept the Yorkist force and the two armies met head on two and a half miles east of Market Drayton at a place called Blore Heath. Lord Salisbury, with 3,000 troops was outnumbered by more than two to one, but could not avoid giving battle. Audley took up a position just west of a little stream that crosses the Market Drayton‑Newcastle‑ under‑lyme road, and Salisbury's men were drawn up about 150 yards east of the present Audley Cross, which marks the spot where Lord Audley fell.
The Yorkist left rested upon the boggy edge of a wood, but their right was in the air and Salisbury made a laager of his wagons to protect this flank. Whether Lord Salisbury feigned retreat in order to draw Lord Audley on is not certain, but the Lancastrian commander was definitely the one to attack. Two cavalry charges were repulsed, the first with heavy loss to the Lancastrians and then they mounted an infantry attack up the hill to the Yorkist position.
But this too failed; there was no support from the cavalry, Lord Audley had already fallen and 500 Lancastrians chose this moment to desert to the enemy. Salisbury's victory was complete and in the pursuit, which continued for two miles, the slaughter was heavy. Possibly 2000 Lancastrians perished in this battle, but less than 200 Yorkists fell.
BATTLE OF BOOMPLAATS
The Battle of Boomplaats was fought between the Boers and British in 1848 during which Sir Harry Smith defeated Pretorius .
BATTLE OF BORODINO
The Battle of Borodino was fought on September the 7th, 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars, between a French army under Napoleon and a Russian army under Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov in and around the village of Borodino, about 110 km south‑west of Moscow. To halt Napoleon's advance on Moscow, about 125, 000 Russians had built earthworks along the highway at Borodino. The French army, about 130,000 men, reached the position on September the 6th and began an assault early the next day. After maneuvering the enemy commander into massing his strength in the center, Napoleon ordered a fierce bombardment and then a cavalry attack that broke through the lines. The Russians retired, and the French occupied Moscow without further resistance. Russian casualties in the battle, generally regarded as the costliest of the 19th century, were about 42,000 men. Napoleon lost about 32,000 men. The battle is described in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace.
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH FIELD
The Battle of Bosworth Field was the last battle between the houses of York and Lancaster, and occurred on August 22nd 1485, when Richard III was defeated by the earl of Richmond, afterwards Henry VII, and slain through the desertion of Sir William Stanley.
BATTLE OF BOUVINES
The Battle of Bouvines occurred on the 27th of July 1214 when Philip Augustus of France was victorious over the emperor Otho and his allies.
BATTLE OF BOYACA
The Battle of Boyaca was one of the decisive battles in the wars of independence waged against Spain by its South American colonies. It was fought on August the 7th, 1819, near Boyaca in New Granada (now Colombia), between a Spanish army and a colonial army from Venezuela and New Granada led by Simon Bolívar. The victory of the South Americans laid the basis for the independence of New Granada and Venezuela. It was the first in a nearly unbroken string of victories that culminated at the Battle of Ayacucho.
BATTLE OF BREITENFELD
The Battle of Breitenfeld was a victory of a joint Swedish‑Saxon force under King Gustavus Adolphus over Imperial forces under Count Tilly during the Thirty Years War on the 17th of September 1631 at Breitenfeld, about 10 km from Leipzig. While Gustavus was negotiating alliances with Brandenburg and Saxony, Tilly sacked Magdeburg, which he had promised to relieve. The Swedes were joined by the Saxons and Tilly driven back.
BATTLE OF BRIAR'S CREEK
The Battle of Briar's Creek occurred on the 3rd of March 1779 when a 2,000 strong American army under general Ashe was totally defeated by the English under general Prevost.
BATTLE OF BRICES CROSS ROADS
The Battle of Brices Cross Roads was fought during the American Civil War and ended in a notable Confederate victory. The engagement took place in north‑eastern Mississippi near Tupelo. On June the 10th, 1864, forces of the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest engaged in battle with numerically superior Union troops under General Samuel Davis Sturgis, routing the enemy and capturing their artillery, supplies, and 1500 of their men. Although the battle was not decisive in relieving the beleaguered Confederacy, it is considered a brilliant tactical triumph for Forrest.
BATTLE OF BRIENNE
The Battle of Brienne occurred on the 29th of January 1814 when the allied armies of Russia and Prussia under Blucher were defeated by the French.
BATTLE OF BRONKER'S SPRUIT
The Battle of Bronker's Spruit was an ambush by Boer forces, at Bronker's Spruit in the Transvaal in 1880 which shot down a detachment of 250 British soldiers before any declaration of war had been made.
BATTLE OF BRUNANBURH
The Battle of Brunanburh was fought between on one side Athelstan and his brother Eadmund and on the other Anlaf of Dublin, Constantine of Scotland, the Celtic king of Northumberland and the Northumbrian Danes in 937. Athelstan and his brother won a decisive victory which practically established the unity of England for many years.
BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA
The battle of Buena Vista was fought during the Mexican War on February the 22nd and 23rd, 1847, in and around Buena Vista. About 5000 American troops commanded by Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated some 15,000 Mexicans under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and inflicted about 1500 casualties. American losses totaled 746. Santa Anna retreated, and Taylor was left in control of northern Mexico. By weakening Santa Anna's forces, Taylor helped the American campaign in the south, hastening the end of the war.
BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL
The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought near Boston in the USA on the 17th of June 1775 between nearly 3,000 British and 5,000 Americans. The Americans were compelled to retreat after a fierce conflict. This was the first battle of the American War of Independence.
BATTLE OF BUSACO
The Battle of Busaco was fought between English and Portuguese armies under the Duke of Wellington and the French under Marshal Andre Massena on the 27th of September 1810 during the Peninsular War. Wellington bought the British a little more time in delaying the French invasion of Portugal and reduced the enemy's force.
BATTLE OF CADIZ
The Battle of Cadiz was a naval battle which took place on July 21st 1640 when a French squadron under Armand de Breze defeated a Spanish convoy by employing a hitherto unknown tactic of attacking the Spanish convoy from both sides. The Spanish lost five vessels and about a thousand men, while the French losses were small.
BATTLE OF CALDERA BAY
The Battle of Caldera Bay occurred during the civil war in Chile in 1891 and was fought between the Congressionalist ironclad Blanco Encalada and the Balmacedist torpedo gunboats Almirante Lynch and Almirante Condell who torpedoed the ironclad amidships and sank her in two minutes.
BATTLE OF CAMDEN
The Battle of Camden was the greatest British victory in the American War of Independence. It took place on the 16th of August 1780, near Camden in South Carolina. The Americans had sent an army to South Carolina to attack the British headquarters at Camden. Lord Cornwallis collected his troops and attacked; though much inferior in strength, his force was of disciplined regulars, while the American force was largely composed of untrained militia, and the Americans were comprehensively defeated. They lost over 1,000 killed and wounded and about the same number of prisoners were taken, as well as a large quantity of stores, and at the time it seemed that the American cause was doomed. However, following the defeat by the French over the British fleet at Chesapeake Bay in 1781, Cornwallis was forced to surrender, effectively ending British hopes in the war.
BATTLE OF CAMPERDOWN
The Battle of Camperdown took place on October the 11th 1797 when Admiral Adam Duncan bore down upon the Dutch under De Winter, broke through the Dutch line, and engaged closely from leeward. The action was bloody and determined on both sides, and resulted in a decisive victory for the British, who captured seven ships of the line (including both flagships), two 50's and two frigates.
BATTLE OF CAPE HENRY
The Battle of Cape Henry occurred on the 16th of March 1781. The British occupied Portsmouth on the James River south of Chesapeake Bay in America, the French having a squadron at Newport, Rhode Island. An indecisive battle ensued in which the French lost more heavily and the British regained command of Chesapeake Bay.
BATTLE OF CAPE ORTEGAL
The Battle of Cape Ortegal took place on November the 4th 1805 between an English fleet and a small French fleet. The battle resulted in the capture of all the French ships.
BATTLE OF CAPE ST VINCENT
The Battle of Cape St Vincent was a British defeat of a Spanish fleet on the 14th of February 1797 off Cape St Vincent on the Portuguese coast; the British victory wrecked French plans to invade England, and the two British commanders were both honored for this crucial victory: John Jervis became Lord St Vincent and Horatio Nelson gained his knighthood. A Spanish fleet of 27 ships was en route to join with the French fleet at Brest, to protect the invasion force, when it encountered a British fleet of fifteen ships under Admiral John Jervis. The British were in tight line formation, whereas the Spanish were in two loose groups. Jervis headed for the gap between the two groups, intending to get to the windward side of one group and attack it, which would give him freedom of manoeuver but would prevent the leeward Spanish group from coming close.
Admiral Horatio Nelson, at the rear of the British line, saw that the leeward French could, in fact, circle around and come on Jervis from the rear, and in total disobedience of his orders, sailed on his own to attack the Spanish line which was already showing signs of the movement Nelson had foreseen. He engaged them single‑handed for some time before other ships from Jervis' command, seeing the threat, came to support him. A fierce fight ensued, and four Spanish ships and 3,000 prisoners were taken. The remainder of the Spanish fleet turned back to Cadiz, but Jervis did not pursue.
BATTLE OF CAPE USHANT
The Battle of Cape Ushant was an indecisive encounter on July 27th 1778 between the British under Admiral Augustus Keppel and a French fleet under Comte d'Orvilliers. A second Battle of Cape Ushant (The Glorious First of June) occurred in 1794 when a British fleet under Admiral Lord Howe claimed six prizes off a French fleet under Admiral Villaret‑Joyeuse.
BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE
The Battle of Chancellorsville was a comprehensive victory of General Robert E Lee's Confederate forces over Joseph Hooker's Union troops on the 1st of May 1863 during the American Civil War. Lee intercepted an intended Union attack on Richmond at Chancellorsville, Virginia, USA, and shattered the Union forces. Lee secured a remarkable victory, defeating a force three times the size of his own, but Thomas Jackson, perhaps his best general, was mortally wounded during the battle and his loss was a grave blow to the Confederate campaign.
BATTLE OF CHICKAHOMINY
See "Battle of Cold Harbor"
BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA CREEK
The Battle of Chickamauga Creek occurred on September the 19th and 20th 1863, during the American Civil War. Some 55,000 Union troops, led by Rosecrans, were engaged by 70,000 Confederates, led by Bragg, near Chattanooga. Union losses were 16,000, Confederate losses 18,000, making this one of the war's bloodiest battles.
BATTLE OF CHILLIANWALLAH
The Battle of Chillianwallah was fought between the Sikh forces in considerable strength, and the British commanded by lord Gough, on 13 January 1849. The Sikhs were completely routed, but the loss to the British was severe, with about 750 killed and 2000 wounded.
BATTLE OF COLD HARBOR
The Battle of Cold Harbor was a battle during the American Civil War. It took place on June 3rd 1864 and involved the defeat of the Federal army of the Potomac under General Grant by the Confederate army of Virginia under General Lee. The battle is also known as The Battle of Chickahominy.
BATTLE OF COPENHAGEN
The Battle of Copenhagen was a naval victory on the 2nd of April 1801 by a British fleet under Sir Hyde Parker and Nelson over the Danish fleet. Nelson put his telescope to his blind eye and refused to see Parker's signal for withdrawal.
BATTLE OF CORUNNA
The Battle of Corunna took place on January 16th 1809 during the Peninsular War. At the battle the British under Sir John Moore defeated the French at Soult. However, Sir John Moore was killed at the battle.
BATTLE OF CRECY
The Battle of Crecy took place in 1346, during the Hundred Years' War, when the English under Edward III routed a largely superior French army under Philip VI. The French losses amounted to over 31,000 including the King of Bohemia, 10 other princes and some 1200 knights. It was the first English battle in which the cannon was used, but victory was the result of the shooting of the English long‑bow men.
BATTLE OF CULLODEN
The Battle of Culloden was a defeat in 1746 of the Jacobite rebel army of the British prince Charles Edward Stuart (the 'Young Pretender') by the Duke of Cumberland on a stretch of moorland in Inverness‑shire, Scotland. This battle effectively ended the military challenge of the Jacobite rebellion.
BATTLE OF CUNAXA
The Battle of Cunaxa took place in 401 BC between Cyrus the Younger with Orientals and Greek mercenaries against the Persians under his brother Artaxerxes. Cyrus was killed but the Greeks refused to surrender and were allowed to march to the coast.
BATTLE OF DETTINGEN
The Battle of Dettingen took place on June 27th 1743 during the War of the Austrian Succession. The British and Hanoverians under George II with the Austrians, defeated the French under Marshal Noailles. This was the last occasion when a British monarch led his troops to battle.
BATTLE OF DRESDEN
The Battle of Dresden was a French victory in battle for control of the German city of Dresden during the Napoleonic wars. It was fought on the 27th of August 1813 between 80,000 French troops and an Allied army of almost 200, 000 Austrian, Prussian, and Russian troops. The Allies lost some 38,000 troops; the French about 10, 000. The Allied army under Count Schwarzenburg of Austria advanced on Dresden which had been captured by the French, forcing Napoleon Bonaparte to hurry back from Silesia to take control. On the evening of the 26th of August the Allies began a heavy artillery bombardment of the city and then attacked with six columns of infantry. The French repulsed the attack at every point and as night fell, the Austrians withdrew.
During the night more reinforcements reached Napoleon and in the morning he launched an attack against both wings of the Allied army: General Joachim Murat of Naples and his cavalry went against the left flank, while Marshal Michel Ney, with the guards infantry, attacked the Russians on the right. The fighting raged all day and as night began to fall, Schwarzenburg realized he could make no further progress and ordered a withdrawal.
BATTLE OF DUNBAR
The Battle of Dunbar took place on April 27th 1296 when Edward I of England was defeated by the Scots under John Baliol. A second Battle of Dunbar occurred on September 3rd 1650 when the Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell routed the Scottish Royalists under David Leslie.
BATTLE OF DUNGAN‑HILL
The Battle of Dungan‑Hill took place on the 8th of August 1647 between the English and the Irish. The English decisively defeated the Irish, killing roughly 6,000 with no consequential loss themselves.
BATTLE OF DUNSINANE
The Battle of Dunsinane occurred on Dunsinane hill on the 27th of July 1054 and took place between king Macbeth formerly the thane of Glammis, and Siward, earl of Northumberland. Edward the Confessor had sent Siward on behalf of Malcolm III, whose father Duncan had been murdered by the usurper Macbeth. Macbeth was defeated, and it was said was pursued to Lumphaman and there slain in 1056 or 1057.
BATTLE OF DUPPEL
The Battle of Duppel was fought during the Prusso‑ Danish War and comprised a successful German assault on a fortified position in Schleswig‑Holstein during March 1868 , then occupied by the Danes, which opened the way for the invasion of Denmark. A previous German attack in 1848 had been halted at Duppel. The principal fort was protected by a chain of ten earthwork redoubts which the Germans now besieged having learned from their earlier defeat. Artillery bombardments appeared to do little damage, since the earthworks simply absorbed shell‑fire and no effective breaches were made in the defenses. After almost three weeks, an astute German observer noted that the Danish commander was in the habit of withdrawing his troops from the foremost redoubt at dawn, so as to protect the troops from the daily shell‑ fire, returning them in the evening. The Germans waited until they had left and then launched a sudden attack which turned into a race to occupy the redoubt first. The Germans won, breaching the line, and the Danish garrison surrendered.
BATTLE OF DUPPLIN MOOR
The Battle of Dupplin Moor took place on August 12th 1332 when Edward Baliol and the Scottish barons defeated a numerically superior force of King David of Scotland under the Earl of Mar and obtained the crown for three months.
BATTLE OF ECKMUHL
The Battle of Eckmuhl was a French victory over 76,000 Austrians under the Archduke Charles, at Eckmuhl on the 22nd of April 1809 during the Napoleonic Wars. The Austrians occupied Ratisbon but found Napoleon had cut their line of communication with a force of some 90,000 troops. In the hope of restoring it, the Archduke led his army out of the town and occupied a position on a hill at Eckmuhl and prepared for battle. Napoleon attacked, cut the Austrian army in two and reduced it to a shambles, driving them across the river Danube and back to the safety of Ratisbon.
BATTLE OF EL TEB
The Battle of El Teb took place on February 4th 1884 during the Sudan Campaign. A force of Sudanese under Osman Digna practically annihilated an Egyptian column under Baker Pasha which was marching to relieve Sinkat.
BATTLE OF ELANDSAAGTE
The Battle of Elandsaagte took place on October 21st 1899 during the 2nd Boer War when the British under General French drove a strong force of Boers from their position, capturing the leader, General Koch.
BATTLE OF ELBA
The Battle of Elba occurred on August 28th 1652 off Elba between the English under Admiral Richard Badiley and the Dutch under admiral Van Gelen. The English lost the Phoenix and had to withdraw into Porto Longone. On the following 20th of November the British under Captain Owen Cox recaptured the Phoenix.
BATTLE OF ETHANDUNE
The Battle of Ethandune took place in 878 when the West Saxons under King Alfred inflicted a crushing defeat on the Danes under Guthrum.
BATTLE OF EUTAW SPRINGS
The Battle of Eutaw Springs took place on September 8th 1781 and was the last serious engagement of the American War of Independence. The British under General Stewart gained a victory over the Americans under Greene at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina.
BATTLE OF EVESHAM
The Battle of Evesham took place on August 4th 1265 during the Barons' War. The Royalists in largely superior numbers under Prince Edward defeated the Barons under Simon de Montfort, who was slain at Evesham, Worcestershire, thus ending the war.
BATTLE OF FALKIRK
The first Battle of Falkirk took place on July 22nd 1298 when a superior force of English under Edward I routed the Scots under Sir William Wallace. The second Battle of Falkirk occurred on January 16th 1746 when the Highland rebels of '45 inch under the Young Pretender defeated the British under General Hawley.
BATTLE OF FERKEH
The Battle of Ferkeh occurred during the Sudan campaign when the army of the dervishes was surprised and wiped out by the British under Kitchener on June 7th 1896 when on his march toward Dongola. The battle lasted from 5 to 7 am and resulted in the death of 1000 dervishes and 20 Egyptians.
BATTLE OF FEROZESHAH
The Battle of Ferozeshah took place during the 1st Sikh War on December 22nd and 23rd 1845. The British and native troops under Lord Gough defeated 50, 000 Sikhs.
BATTLE OF FORT DONELSON
The Battle of Fort Donelson occurred during the American Civil War, and involved the capture by Union forces under General Ulysses S Grant on the 15th of February 1862 of two vital Confederate strongpoints: Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river, and Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland river, about 19 km away. Fort Henry fell to Grant's attack quite easily and he then moved overland to attack Donelson, to which most of Henry's garrison had fled.
An initial attack by Union gunboats failed but the Confederate commander Brigadier‑ General Gideon Pillow was not confident of holding the fort and formed a striking column to breach the Union lines, so that the rest of the garrison could escape. The sally began well, taking one Union division by surprise and swinging it back on the rest of the Union line, but Grant sent a reserve corps under General Lew Wallace to deal with the Confederate column and ordered a frontal attack on the earthworks around the fort in order to draw defenders away from the attempted breakout.
By the end of the day the Confederate column was back inside the fort, the Union lines were redrawn, and a renewed attack was planned for the following morning. Pillow decided to surrender but as no Confederate general had yet surrendered to a Union force, he was apprehensive of what might happen to him if he fell into Union hands. He fled, passing command to Brigadier John Floyd. Floyd also fled, in turn passing the command to General Simon Bolivar Buckner who surrendered the following morning.
BATTLE OF FORT GEORGE
The Battle of Fort George was fought at Niagara on 27th May 1813 during the American War and resulted in a victory for the Americans.
BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG
The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought on December 13th, 1862 during the American Civil War. The Federals under General Burnside attacked the Confederates under General Lee, who were occupying a strong position on the hills; they were repulsed, but Lee was unable to follow up his advantage.
BATTLE OF FRIEDLAND
The Battle of Friedland was fought on June 14th 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. The Russians and Prussians under Bennigsen were routed by the French under Napoleon I and Lannes.
BATTLE OF FROESCHWILLER
The Battle of Froeschwiller was the first major battle of the Franco‑Prussian War. It took place on the 6th of August 1870 around the village of Froeschwiller in eastern France. The Prussian victory proved the potential of breech‑loading artillery to dominate a battle and the futility of using cavalry against even breech‑loading small arms. Bavarian and Prussian troops crossed the frontier into France on the 4th of August, taking the town of Wissembourg.
The French withdrew, and for a time the two armies lost contact with each other. Marshal Marie MacMahon decided to prepare a strong defensive position on the Froeschwiller ridge with troops of the 1st and 7th Corps, and instructed 5th Corps, then further north, to join him. The 5th Corps could not assemble quickly enough as it was spread out along the frontier so MacMahon had only 48,000 troops instead of the 76, 000 he had hoped for. On the evening of the 5th of August, Prussian patrols arrived on the river Sauerbach at Worth and opened fire on French patrols on the other side.
Other advancing German units also came across the French positions the following morning and the battle began without any formal orders as these individual contacts began to spread and intensify. Prussian artillery was brought up and rapidly dominated the French artillery, while German commanders called for reinforcements. On the southern flank of the French position, the German 11th Corps made a major attack which swept all before it. In desperation the French commander launched a cavalry charge which found itself confined in farmyards, vineyards, and the village of Morsbronn, where the Prussians were able to shoot them down with impunity; nine French squadrons were totally destroyed for no Prussian loss.
The German 5th Corps attacked further north and after desperate fighting managed to drive the French back. On the northern flank the Bavarian corps sustained severe losses as they came out of a forest into an open area well covered by e French infantry, but overcame the initial setback and began pressing south, putting the French under pressure in three directions. After an unsuccessful counterattack with his reserves, MacMahon realized that further resistance was futile, as his regiments were melting away; at about 4 p.m. the Prussians stormed into the village of Froeschwiller while the surviving French made their escape as best they could, leaving 11,000 dead and wounded and 9,200 prisoners behind. German casualties were about 11,000 killed and wounded.
BATTLE OF FUENTES D'ONORO
The Battle of Fuentes d'Onoro was fought on May 3rd to 5th 1811 during the Peninsular War, and was one of the most hotly contested battles of the war. Massena on his way to relieve Almeida, attacked Wellington, but failed to capture the position and retired in good order. Wellington's doubtful victory then secured the evacuation of Almeida.
BATTLE OF GAUGAMELA
The Battle of Gaugamela occurred during the Asiatic campaign of Alexander the Great, and was a Macedonian victory over the Persians in 331 BC, about 80 km north‑east of Nineveh (now Al Mawsil, Iraq). This battle broke the rule of Darius and gave Alexander the whole of Asia Minor. Alexander, at the head of a force of about 47,000 Macedonians and Greeks, was confronted by about 120,000 Persians under Darius. He personally led his right wing in an attack against the junction of the Persian center and left wing, separating them and then taking the Persian center in its flank. The Macedonian left was also pressing the Persians hard; Darius' forces gave way between the two Macedonian wings and a rout ensued with Darius forced to flee. Alexander's force pursued them hard, with considerable slaughter, before the last of the Persians managed to escape.
BATTLE OF GISORS
The Battle of Gisors was an English victory for Richard I over the French on the 10th of October 1198. It was at the battle that Richard I made the cry ' Dieu et mon droit' (God and my right) which afterwards became the motto of the arms of England.
BATTLE OF GRANSON
The Battle of Granson was a Swiss victory over Charles the Bold in 1476 at Granson on the south‑east end of Lake Neuchatel. The town was captured by the Swiss in 1475 but the Duke of Burgundy recaptured it in February 1476 and massacred the entire garrison. The Swiss advanced on the town with a force of 18,000 and Charles, at the head of a 36,000‑strong Burgundian force, tried to lure them out of the mountains and into open country by retreating. The Swiss followed closely and attacked his rearguard, whereupon Charles panicked and fled with the rest of his army. The Swiss pursued, completely destroyed his camp, and scattered his army.
BATTLE OF GRAVELINES
The Battle of Gravelines was fought on Monday the 29th of July, 1588 during the English‑ Spanish Naval War. The Spanish Armada had entered the English Channel on Saturday the 20th of July 1588. The Spaniards saw no signs of their enemy. But the next morning, when they were off Plymouth, sixty English ships attacked them in a manner which they little expected. Instead of closing with the enemy, in the traditional style, the English passed by the Spanish fleet, each ship firing, as it passed, a terrific broadside.
The Spaniards could not reply, for, with their inadequate guns, they were out of range. Nor could they close with the enemy, for the English sailed away. All that week the entire Armada moved slowly up the Channel; there were two minor fights off the Dorset coast and the Isle of Wight. On Saturday the 27th of July, a week after they had entered the Channel, the Spaniards dropped anchor in Calais Roads. Here Medina Sidonia sent a message to Parma, and perhaps intended waiting for him. But he was not allowed to do so. Drake, taking advantage of a favorable wind, sent fire‑ships among the Spanish fleet. Only a few ships were actually set on fire, but the rest cut their cables and made for the open sea.
The Spaniards were driven from Calais. On the 29th of July, the wind again favored the English, for it blew strongly towards the Flemish coast, from which the Spaniards struggled to get away. As they did so, broadside after broadside from the English guns battered their ships and cut down their soldiers. It was a terrible slaughter; and the Spaniards, as at Plymouth, could make no effective reply from their own feeble guns. Only a lucky change in the direction of the wind saved the Spaniards from being driven upon the sandbanks of Flanders. Though they lost only two or three ships at Gravelines, the whole fleet was badly damaged ‑ how badly was shown in the sequel. For Medina Sidonia, recognizing defeat, determined to sail round Great Britain and make for and ‑ a friendly Catholic country, as he thought. But his ships battered by the English guns at Gravelines, were in no condition to make so long a voyage.
All leaked badly, a great storm arose, and there were no friendly harbors in England or Scotland. Soon the majority of the ships became wrecks. Many of them were driven on to the inhospitable shores of Scotland and Ireland; in Ireland hundreds of Spanish soldiers were murdered by the natives, who turned out to be little better than savages. Of the 130 ships which had made up the Armada, only fifty reached home.
BATTLE OF GRAVELOTTE
The Battle of Gravelotte was a Prussian victory in the Franco‑Prussian War on the 18th of August 1870; the battle took place on a ridge near Gravelotte and although the Prussians gained an important strategic victory, isolating General Francois Bazaine in Metz, it cost them over 20,000 casualties, compared to French losses of around 13,000. The victory left the bulk of the Prussian forces free to concentrate upon Marshal Marie MacMahon's army which they destroyed at Sedan.
BATTLE OF GUILDFORD COURT HOUSE
The Battle of Guildford Court House was an indecisive battle fought on the 15th of March 1781 between the British under Cornwallis and the Americans under Greene during the American War of Independence. Lord Cornwallis' force of 1300 British troops attacked a stronger American force under General Nathaneal Greene which was in a well‑prepared defensive position. By a series of attacks on individual strongpoints the British eventually put the Americans to flight, leaving their guns, stores, and wounded behind. However, the British sustained 548 casualties, almost half Cornwallis' force, leaving him too weak to pursue the enemy or carry out further operations for some time.
BATTLE OF HAARLEM
The Battle of Haarlem occurred during the Netherlands War of Independence, and involved a siege of Haarlem, capital of the province of North Holland, by 30,000 Spanish troops from the 11th of December 1572 until the 12th of July 1753. Although severely outnumbered, the garrison put up a valiant resistance, inflicting a heavy toll on the Spanish who lost some 12,000 casualties. In revenge, the Spanish massacred the entire garrison and hundreds of civilians when the city eventually surrendered.
BATTLE OF HALLUE RIVER
The Battle of Hallue River occurred during the Franco‑ Prussian War between the 23rd and the 24th of December 1870 on a bend of the Hallue river 8 km north‑east of Amiens. Citizen armies had been raised all over France since the siege of Paris and the northern army, under the command of General Louis Faidherbe, clashed with a smaller regular Prussian force while attempting to take Amiens. Faidherbe held off the initial Prussian assault but did not trust his irregular force to see off a second attack and withdrew.
BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS
The Battle of Hampton Roads was the first battle between armored warships. It was an inconclusive naval engagement during the American Civil War between the Confederate Virginia and the Union battleship Monitor on the 8th of March 1862 off the south‑east coast of Virginia. Neither vessel made any impression on the other after several hours of exchanging fire and eventually both withdrew.
BATTLE OF HASLACH
The Battle of Haslach was a French victory over the Austrians on the 11th of October 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars at Haslach. A 6,000‑strong French force under General Pierre de L'Etang Dupont was marching on Ulm when he was stopped by an Austrian force of 60,000 troops under the Archduke Ferdinand which commanded the heights around his route. He immediately occupied and fortified the village of Haslach, which was then attacked by about 25,000 of the Austrians. Dupont managed to hold them off until nightfall, then disengaged and withdrew, taking 4,000 Austrian prisoners with him.
BATTLE OF HATTIN
The Battle of Hattin was a major defeat for the Crusaders by Saladin on the 4th of July 1187 at a village in Palestine 8 km north‑west of Tiberias. A force of Frankish Crusaders was completely wiped out, destroying the military power of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. A column of Frankish Crusaders was marching to the relief of the citadel of Tiberias which was under siege by Saladin. The column was attacked by a Saracen army and brought to a halt at Hattin, a place with no water. Harassing attacks during the night ensured that the Crusaders had no rest, and the lack of water demoralised them. On the following morning they were in no condition to withstand attack; the Saracens swept around in two wings and completely annihilated the Crusader force.
BATTLE OF INKERMAN
The Battle of Inkerman was an infantry battle of the Crimean War fought on the 5th of November 1854 when the Russians attacked the British forces besieging Sebastopol and were repulsed. In the battle 8,000 British soldiers sustained a hand‑to‑hand combat with 50,000 Russian troops.
BATTLE OF JELLALABAD
The Battle of Jellalabad was an Afghan siege in 1841 of an isolated British outpost at Jellalabad (now Jalalabad). The siege was lifted after five months when a British counterattack routed the Afghans, driving them back to Kabul. The outpost was little more than a wide place in the road with a fort, held by about 2,000 troops under General Sir Robert Sale. After the massacre of the British force in Kabul, Jellallabad was surrounded by Afghan forces which launched a series of attacks on the force. The British managed to beat off the assaults, and even captured 300 sheep from the besieging force when rations ran short. Eventually, after five months under siege, Sale mounted an attack against the Afghan forces, captured their main camp, baggage, stores, guns, and horses and the Afghans fled to Kabul.
BATTLE OF JENA
The Battle of Jena was a comprehensive French victory over the combined Prussian and Saxon armies on the 14th of October 1806 at Jena, Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. Prussian and Saxon losses amounted to some 40, 000 troops and 200 guns, while French casualties were 14,000. Napoleon so broke the Prussian forces that they were unable to prevent him marching on Berlin, and this disaster led to the complete overhaul and re‑organization of the Prussian Army which laid the foundations for its subsequent military prowess.
BATTLE OF JUNIN
The Battle of Junin was an engagement of the Peruvian War of Independence, fought in the highlands near Lima on August the 6th 1824. The preceding February the royalists had regained control of Lima, and, having regrouped in Trujillo, Simon Bolivar in June led his rebel forces south to confront the Spanish. The two armies met on the plains of Junin, north‑west of Jauja Valley. The battle was an hour‑long, hand‑to‑hand cavalry clash with lance and saber; no firearms were used. About 250 Spaniards and 150 patriots were killed. Although little more than a skirmish, the battle greatly enhanced the morale of the victorious patriots, and the chastised Spanish
subsequently evacuated Lima.
BATTLE OF KENTISH KNOCK
The Battle of Kentish Knock was fought a little way north‑east of North Foreland on September the 28th 1652 between two Dutch fleets under Witte, de Witte and De Ruyter and the English fleet of Blake and Penn. The Dutch were beaten.
BATTLE OF KUNERSDORF
The Battle of Kunersdorf was a Russian victory over Frederick the Great on the 12th of August 1759 during the seven Years War. Frederick was attempting to save Dresden from the advancing Russian army. Having somewhat less than half the troops the Russians had, Frederick decided to make an encircling attack from the flanks, but his plans were ruined by his troops getting lost in the forests and failing to co‑ordinate their attacks. He was decisively defeated by the Russians, losing half his army and almost all his artillery. Dresden fell three weeks later.
BATTLE OF LANGENSALZA
The Battle of Langensalza in the Austro‑Prussian War, was a Prussian victory on the 27th of June 1866 over a Hanoverian army fighting on the Austrian side. The Hanoverians initially beat off the Prussians, inflicting losses of about 1,400 killed and 900 taken prisoner, while themselves losing about 1,400. However, the Prussian army was deployed in strength in this area and reinforcements quickly arrived and surrounded the Hanoverians, forcing their surrender.
BATTLE OF LEPANTO
The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement fought on October the 7th 1571, in the Gulf of Lepanto (now the Gulf of Corinth) between an Ottoman Turkish fleet and that of the Holy League, an alliance of Spain, Venice, Genoa, and the Papal States formed by Pope Julius II in 1511. Both sides sustained heavy casualties, but the Holy League won decisively, capturing more than 100 galleys and freeing thousands of Christian slaves. The battle was the first major victory of the Christians against the Ottoman Empire, and as such it was psychologically important. It was of small practical impact, however, for the Turks retained supremacy on land and quickly renewed their fleet.
BATTLE OF LIGNY
The Battle of Ligny was a French victory over the Prussians on the 16th of June 1805 during Napoleon's 'Hundred Days', at Ligny, a Belgian village 14 km north‑east of Charleroi. It was Napoleon Bonaparte's final attempt to overcome the Prussian army before he went on to Waterloo to meet the British alone.
BATTLE OF LINKOPING
The Battle of Linkoping (Battle of Stangebro) was a Swedish victory over the Poles in 1598, during the Swedish‑Polish wars. Sigismund III, king of Poland, succeeded his father as king of Sweden in 1592 and attempted to establish a Catholic ascendancy in Sweden, a policy vigorously opposed by the Lutheran Swedes who elected his uncle Charles as regent of Sweden in place of Sigismund's nominee in 1595. When Sigismund eventually set out for Sweden in 1598, his army was ambushed and totally destroyed by the Swedes. Charles then became King Charles IX of Sweden in 1599 and the Polish hold over Sweden was broken.
BATTLE OF MANILA BAY
The Battle of Manila Bay occurred on May the 1st 1898 during the Spanish‑ American war. A Spanish squadron under Admiral Montijo was destroyed in Manila Bay by a US squadron under Commodore George Dewey.
BATTLE OF MARSAGLIA
The Battle of Marsaglia took place in Piedmont, northern Italy on the 4th of October 1693 and saw the imperialists under prince Eugene and the duke of Savoy defeated by the French under Catinat.
BATTLE OF MARSTON‑MOOR
The Battle of Marston‑Moor occurred during the English Civil War when the Scots and Parliamentary army were besieging York when prince Rupert, joined by the marquis of Newcastle determined to raise the siege. Both sides drew up at Marston‑moor on the 2nd of July 1644 and the contest was long undecided. Rupert, commanding the right wing of the Royalists, was opposed by Oliver Cromwell, at the head of the troops disciplined by himself. Oliver Cromwell was victorious, driving his opponents off the field and followed his opponents to a second victorious engagement taking the prince's artillery, a blow from which the Royalists never recovered.
BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS
The Battle of Mill Springs was a Union victory during the American Civil War on the 18th of January 1862 at Mill Springs, a village about 16 km west of Somerset, Kentucky. It was the first significant defeat suffered by the Confederates. The Confederate defensive line, intended to keep out the Union forces, was held at Mill Springs by about 4,500 troops under Major‑General Thomas H Crittenden. At the start of the 1862 campaign, Union General George H Thomas advanced on Mill Springs with a force of about 4,000 troops and Crittenden decided to pre‑empt matters by attacking first. After fierce fighting, the Confederates were driven back, losing 12 guns and a considerable number of troops, while Union casualties were fewer than 250.
BATTLE OF MINDEN
The Battle of Minden took place on August 1st 1759 between the English, Hessians and Hanoverians (under prince Ferdinand of Brunswick), and the French (under marshal De Contades), who were beaten and driven to the ramparts of Minden.
BATTLE OF NASEBY
The Battle of Naseby took place on the 14th of June 1645 and was a decisive victory for the Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War. The battle took place near Naseby in Northamptonshire, after Charles I's storming and sacking of Leicester. Led by Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, the New Model Army outnumbered the Cavalier force by about one‑third. Prince Rupert's cavalry squandered an early advantage, as at Edgehill, and after a bitter struggle the Roundhead forces proved superior, and the Cavaliers suffered extremely heavy losses.
BATTLE OF NASHVILLE
The Battle of Nashville was a Union victory over the Confederate army on the 15th and 16th of December 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. The Confederates were driven out of Tennessee and never threatened the state again.
BATTLE OF NAVARINO
The Battle of Navarino was a sea battle that took place on October the 20th 1827 in which the defeat of the Turkish‑Egyptian fleet by a combined British, French, and Russian fleet decided Greek independence.
BATTLE OF NAVAS DE TOLOSA
The Battle of Navas de Tolosa was fought in 1212 between Yakub Almansur of the Almohades and the kings of Aragon, Castile and Navarre. The Almonhades lost the battle and with it Spain.
BATTLE OF NORTH FORELAND
The Battle of North Foreland was an action fought on June the 2nd 1653 during the Dutch war between a Dutch fleet under Tromp, De Ruyter and others and a British fleet under Monck, Dean, Penn and Lawson. The Dutch took flight on the second day having lost eleven ships.
BATTLE OF OMDURMAN
The Battle of Omdurman was fought on September 2nd 1898 during the Sudan Campaign. 23,000 British and Egyptian troops under Kitchener defeated 50,000 Dervishes under the Khalifa with a great slaughter of the Dervishes, and the destruction of the Mahdist state, thereby beginning British dominance in the Sudan.
BATTLE OF ORISKANY
The Battle of Oriskany military was fought near Oriskany, New York, on August the 6th, 1777 during the American War of Independence, between a force of Loyalists led by the British colonial administrator Sir John Johnson and the Mohawk Indian chief Joseph Brant, both under the command of the British officer Barry St. Leger, on one side; and Americans under General Nicholas Herkimer, on the other. Herkimer was mortally wounded in the battle, and more than a third of the forces on each side were killed or wounded. The British were forced to retreat, thus ending hopes for a British victory at Saratoga. A monument, erected in 1880, marks the site of the battleground, which is now a public park.
BATTLE OF OTTERBURN
The Battle of Otterburn was fought in August 1388 when a force of 2,800 Scots under the Earls of Douglas, Dunbar and Moray routed a force of 8,600 English under Henry Percy. The battle was fought at night by moonlight which prevented the English from employing their archers. The battle is also known as Chevy Chase.
BATTLE OF PHILIPHAUGH
The Battle of Philiphaugh took place on September the 13th 1645 and was a victory for Sir David Leslie over the Royalists under the Marquis of Montrose.
BATTLE OF PRAGUE
The Battle of Prague was fought during the Seven Years War on 6th May 1757 and resulted in the Allies being defeated by Frederick.
BATTLE OF PRESTON
The Battle of Preston took place between the 17th and the 19th of August 1648 and was an encounter in which effectively ended the second phase of the English Civil War. On one side were the invading Scottish Engagers under Hamilton. On the other was Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army. The raw Scottish recruits, although greatly superior in numbers, were no match for the English veterans. Oliver Cromwell caught up with them at Preston and dispersed them in a series of running battles.
BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS
The Battle of Prestonpans was the first major engagement of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. A small Hanoverian army under Sir John Cope was routed by the Highlanders of the equally small Jacobite army, leaving the way clear for the Young Pretender's subsequent invasion of England.
BATTLE OF SALAMIS
The Battle of Salamis during the Persian Wars, was a Greek naval victory over the Persians in 480 BC in the Strait of Salamis south‑west of Athens. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Greeks inflicted a crushing defeat on the invading Persians which effectively destroyed their fleet. After the sack of Athens by the Persians, the commanders of some 370 Greek war galleys then lying off the island of Salamis debated what action they could take; their debate was ended by the appearance of the Persian fleet in the Bay of Phalerum. Themistocles, the Athenian commander of the Greek fleet, sent a fake message, ostensibly from a spy, to the Persians warning that the Greek fleet was about to withdraw and that the Persians should blockade the entrance to the Bay of Eleusis.
The Persians fell for the ruse and spread their 1,000 ships thinly across the bay. The Persians were so confident they could deal with a mere 370 vessels that they had a throne prepared for their king, Xerxes, on nearby Mount Aegaleus so that he would have a grandstand view from which to watch the anticipated crushing of the Greek fleet. Unfortunately, the Greeks came out into the bay at full speed, broke the Persian line, and then sowed mayhem in all directions, sinking over 500 Persian ships for the loss of only about 40 of their own. Xerxes, disgusted at this humiliation, returned to Asia, leaving a subordinate; Mardonius, to continue the land campaign.
BATTLE OF SARATOGA
The Battle of Saratoga was a British defeat by the Americans in September 1777 near Saratoga Springs, about 240 km north of New York, during the American War of Independence. General John Burgoyne was marching a British column of about 4,000 troops from Canada to join General Sir William Howe who was based lower down the Hudson River.
They met a 3,000‑strong American force under Benedict Amold near Saratoga on the 19th of September. After two hours of hard fighting, the result was inconclusive, though both sides suffered severe casualties and eventually withdrew. Burgoyne launched another attack on the 7th of October, but the Americans were prepared for it and met him with a spoiling attack, forcing the British to retreat 19 km from Saratoga and entrench.
On the 17th of October Burgoyne surrendered to the American commander General Horatio Gates, who by now had some 5,000 troops. Under the terms of the surrender, known as the Convention of Saratoga, the British were to be allowed to march to Boston and there embark for England, but Congress refused to ratify it and Burgoyne and his force became prisoners of war until peace was signed.
BATTLE OF SOUTH FORELAND
The Battle of South Foreland was a naval battle fought in 1217 between the French and English, when Eustace, a monk in the service of Louis of France attempted a landing at the mouth of the Thames. He was intercepted by Hubert de Burgh, the governor of Dover Castle, and the French fleet was destroyed, 15 out of the original 80 escaping.
BATTLE OF SPITHEAD
The Battle of Spithead was a naval encounter fought in 1545 between the English fleet and the French fleet. The French were kept at bay and finally driven off.
BATTLE OF ST ALBANS
The first Battle of St Albans occurred on the 22nd of May 1455, during the Wars of the Roses between the Duke of York and King Henry VI, at St Albans where the king's forces awaited the Duke of York and his forces who were marching against them. The King had with him the Dukes of Somerset and Buckingham, Lord Pembroke, Lord Northumberland and Lord Devon and about 2,000 men. The Lancastrians attempted to hold the town behind two barriers in Hollywell and St Peter's Streets against Yorkist attacks from the east. Two frontal attacks made no headway, but Warwick infiltrated his troops through an unguarded part of the town's defenses spreading out took both barricades in the flank. The whole action lasted only half an hour and no more than 150 Lancastrians were killed; but the toll among their senior officers was very heavy. Somerset, Northumberland and Clifford were killed; Buckingham's son died of wounds and Buckingham himself was wounded.
BATTLE OF ST QUENTIN
See "Battle of Guise"
BATTLE OF ST. MATHIEU
The Battle of St. Mathieu was an indecisive naval battle outside of Brest harbor in 1512. A fleet under Lord Edward Howard with forty‑five ships made the mouth of Camaret Bay on August the 10th just as a fleet of thirty‑ nine French ships were leaving Brest. The English blockaded Brest with the French fleet in it. A fleet of French galleys from the Mediterranean entered the neighboring bay of Blanc Sablon, and the English tried to cut them out but were repulsed with heavy losses and the lord high admiral himself was driven overboard and drowned.
BATTLE OF STAMFORD BRIDGE
The Battle of Stamford Bridge was fought in 1066 between the English under Harold and the Vikings under Hardraada of Norway. Hardraada was slain, but the battle weakened Harold's force for the ensuing Battle of Hastings which occurred later the same year.
BATTLE OF STANGEBRO
See "Battle of Linkoping"
BATTLE OF STOKE FIELD
The Battle of Stoke Field, took place on the 16th of June 1487, and was a victory for Henry VII over the Lancastrian rebels, securing the safety of the Tudor dynasty and marking the end of the War of the Roses. The battle occurred following an impostor called Lambert Simnel made out that he was Edward, Earl of Warwick. Sponsored by an Oxford priest and supported by the Earl of Lincoln he was crowned king of England in Dublin on May the 24th 1487 and on the 4th of June landed in Lancashire with Lincoln and Lovell and 1500 German mercenaries. As they marched they collected reinforcements. The 9,000 strong rebel army met Henry and his 6,000 strong army at Stoke Field, near Nottingham. The Royalists advanced in to the attack and in the next three hours wiped out the rebel army with the cost of 2,000 of Henry's troops. Lovell and the commander of the German mercenaries, Martin Schwartz were killed and Simnel was captured and put to work in the royal kitchens. Lovell escaped by swimming the Trent and was never seen alive again.
BATTLE OF STONEY CREEK
The Battle of Stoney Creek was fought on 6th June 1813 during the American War and resulted in the Americans being routed.
BATTLE OF TALANA HILL
The Battle of Talana Hill was fought on the 20th October 1899 and resulted in a Boer defeat.
BATTLE OF THE BOYNE
The Battle of the Boyne occurred near the Boyne River in Ireland on the 1st of July 1690 when William III defeated his father‑in‑law, James II.
BATTLE OF THE BRANDYWINE
The Battle of the Brandywine was fought on September the 11th, 1777 during the American War Of Independence, about 40 km south‑west of Philadelphia. An army of 18,000 men, under General William Howe, then commander in chief of British forces in North America, reached American positions along Brandywine Creek during a march on Philadelphia. While a part of the British army made a frontal feint at General George Washington's force of about 11,000 men near Chadds Ford, another force, under General George Cornwallis, struck the American right flank; Washington subsequently ordered a withdrawal to Chester. Rearguard units blocked British pursuit, and Howe was unable to reach Philadelphia until September the 26th. British casualties totaled about 600; American, about 900 killed and wounded and 400 captured.
BATTLE OF THE DUNES
The Battle of The Dunes was a victory obtained by Turenne over the Spaniards under Don John of Austria and Conde on the dunes at Dunkirk on June 14th 1658.
BATTLE OF THE NILE
See "Battle of Aboukir Bay"
BATTLE OF THE SAINTS
The Battle of The Saints was a British naval victory over the French on the 12th of April 1782 during the American War of Independence, off the islands of Les Saintes in the channel separating Dominica from Guadeloupe in the Windward Islands. The British achieved their short‑term aim of preventing a French convoy from sailing, but more importantly this battle also had the effect of reasserting British naval supremacy in the western hemisphere.
A British fleet of 36 ships under Admiral Sir George Rodney was in the area watching a French convoy and a fleet of 33 ships which was being assembled by Admiral Francois de Grasse to protect the convoy. As the convoy was being escorted to Guadeloupe, Rodney fell on the rearmost ships, forcing the French fleet to turn about and come to their rescue. The two fleets approached each other in parallel lines but the French formation was ragged and a gap opened. Rodney took his squadron through the gap, breaking the French line, and he captured or destroyed five French ships and took two others a few days later. French losses numbered some 3,000 casualties and 8,000 prisoners, while British losses were 261 killed and 837 wounded.
BATTLE OF THE SOUND
The Battle of the Sound was fought on November the 8th 1658 between a Dutch fleet and a Swedish fleet under Wrangel. The Dutch completely defeated the Swedes and relieved Copenhagen.
BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS
The Battle of the Wilderness was fought during the American Civil War, on May the 5th and 6th, 1864, in a densely thicketed woodland known as the Wilderness, in north‑east Virginia. The engagement involved the Army of Northern Virginia, about 62,000 troops under the Confederate general Robert Lee, and the Army of the Potomac, about 115,000 troops under the Union general George Meade. The Union commander in chief, Grant, directed Meade's command during the fighting. Determined to sever Lee's lines of communication with Richmond, capital of the Confederacy, Grant sent his army across the Rapidan River during the night of May the 3rd, with the intention of moving through the Wilderness into battle positions under cover of darkness. Transport failure kept the Union army in the forest throughout May the 4th.
On the morning of May the 5th, Lee prepared to attack. Planning to flank the Union line, Lee marched on Grant's forces with two infantry corps, under the Confederate generals Richard Stoddert Ewell and Ambrose Powell Hill. Lee delayed going into action until another infantry corps, under James Longstreet, could be brought up to support Ewell and Hill.
Informed of Lee' s preparations, Grant took the initiative and attacked first. Two Union infantry corps opened the battle with an attack against Ewell, and one remained temporarily in reserve; a fourth corps, under the command of General Ambrose Everett Burnside, was located too far north of the battlefield to be brought immediately into action. Communication difficulties split the battle into disjointed engagements. The terrain precluded effective use of cavalry or artillery. The infantry fighting, much of it hand to hand, was declared by Grant to be the hardest he had ever seen. The forest caught fire, burning many men to death.
In the action on May the 5th, the Confederate forces under Ewell and Hill repulsed Union forces in the morning. In the afternoon the Union reserve corps under Winfield Scott Hancock attacked Hill's forces, inflicting heavy Confederate losses in a four hour fight with the firing lines only about 45 m apart. The Union assault ended, however, without success. On May the 6th, Grant renewed the Union drive against Hill, with Hancock attacking again while the other two Union corps blocked Ewell. Hill's defeat appeared certain until Longstreet's corps saved the Confederate situation. Burnside, coming to help Hancock with Union reinforcements, arrived too late because of the difficult terrain.
The two‑day battle ended at nightfall without a decisive outcome. During the night of May the 6th, Philip Henry Sheridan, commanding a Union cavalry corps, fought to some advantage against a Confederate cavalry corps of two divisions led by James Ewell Brown Stuart, but the action was inconsequential. The true significance of the Wilderness lay in what happened after the fighting.
Although the Union forces had suffered some 17, 500 casualties to the Confederacy's 7000, Grant, instead of retreating, moved south toward Spotsylvania and engaged in another battle there, demonstrating for the first time that his army would be willing to fight every day and suffer tremendous casualties in order to wear down and destroy Lee's army.
BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
The Battle of Trafalgar took place on October 21st 1805, and was a victory for the British fleet under Nelson over the French and Spanish fleets under Villeneuve. The battle took place off Cape Trafalgar in south‑west Spain. The British fleet consisted of 27 sail‑of‑the‑line ships and the enemy fleet 33. The battle began around noon and ended about five. During the battle Nelson was shot and mortally wounded, but lived long enough to know the day was won. The victory destroyed the French and Spanish fleets and secured Britain from invasion.
BATTLE OF TURIN
The Battle of Turin took place on September 7th 1706 when Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, having joined the European league against Louis XIV, with the help of Prince Eugene and an imperial army defeated the French army that had invaded Piedmont and besieged Turin.
BATTLE OF VIGO BAY
The Battle of Vigo Bay occurred in 1702 and saw the French fleet under Admiral Chateau‑Renault attacked and defeated by a combined English and Dutch force under Sir G Rooke and Admiral Van Almonde.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO
The Battle of Waterloo took place during the Napoleonic Wars, on June 18th 1815 when the allied British, Belgian and Hanoverian forces under the Duke of Wellington, with some 50,000 Prussians under Blucher, utterly routed the French army under Napoleon.
BATTLE OF YORKTOWN
The Battle of Yorktown was a decisive British defeat in the American War of Independence from September to October 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia. The British commander Lord Cornwallis had withdrawn into Yorktown where he was besieged by 7,000 French and 8,850 American troops and could only wait for reinforcements to arrive by sea. However, the Royal Navy lost command of the sea at the Battle of Chesapeake and with no reinforcements or supplies forthcoming, Cornwallis was forced to surrender on the 19th of October, effectively ending the war.
BATTLE OF ZAMA
The Battle of Zama was fought in 202 BC in Numidia (now Algeria), in which the Carthaginians under Hannibal were defeated by the Romans under the younger Scipio, so ending the Second Punic War. The Carthaginians were forced to give up Spain and were also subject to harsh peace terms. The Carthaginians had 80 elephants as their shock arm, but these got out of control, some turning back and throwing their own cavalry into disorder. The Romans, simply parted their ranks to allow the elephants to dash past, then closed up and attacked the Carthaginians, killing 20,000 according to legend although Hannibal himself escaped.
BATTLE OF ZORNDORF
The Battle of Zorndorf was a Prussian victory over the Russians on the 25th of August 1758 at Zorndorf, during the Seven Years War. Zorndorf was the bloodiest battle of the war, with each side sustaining over 10,000 casualties. The Russians were besieging Kostrzyn (then known as Kustrin) with an army of 40,000 when Frederick the Great brought up an army of 25,000 to raise the siege. Frederick attacked the Russian lines and after a day‑long battle drove them out and into retreat.
BATTLE OF ZURICH
The Battle of Zurich occurred during the French Revolutionary Wars, and resulted in the defeat of two Russian armies by the French in June 1799 in the mountains near Zurich, Switzerland, forcing the Tsar to withdraw from the coalition against the French. The French had invaded Switzerland and created the Helvetian Republic in 1798, and in response the Archduke Charles Louis of the Holy Roman Empire led a coalition army into Switzerland and defeated the French under Marshal Andre Massena.
Shortly after, the Archduke became ill and the Russian General Alexander Korsakov entered Switzerland with 30,000 Russian troops to take over command of the coalition troops there. At the same time the Russian Marshal Alexei Suvarov, based in northern Italy, set out across the St. Gotthard Pass to join Korsakov, bringing another 40,000 troops. Massena sent a corps of troops to harass Suvarov in the mountains, then turned his main strength on Korsakov, defeating him and scattering his army. He then turned and attacked Suvarov, who retreated, harassed by French ambushes and short of supplies. Suvarov returned to Italy leaving about 14,000 casualties behind him.
BATTLE OFF THE LIZARD
The Battle off the Lizard was fought on June the 12th 1652 at the beginning of the first Dutch War, when Sir George Ayscue overtook the Dutch outward bound East Indian fleet of forty merchantmen, and secured six prizes.
See "Battle of Otterburn"
The Edgehill Fight was the first important engagement of the English civil war. It occurred on the 23rd of October, 1642 and took place between the royalists under prince Rupert and the parliament army under the earl of Essex. At the battle, the earl of Lindsay who commanded the royal foot was mortally wounded. The action was indecisive, but the parliament claimed a victory.
EXPEDITION TO PORTUGAL
The Expedition to Portugal occurred in 1589, during the English‑Spanish Naval War. It was arranged that an English army should land in Portugal to assist Dom Antonio (the Portuguese pretender) to gain the throne and expel the Spaniards from his country. An English Armada, larger than the Spanish Armada, was assembled under Drake; on board was an army of about 15000 men.
The expedition sailed, landed at Corunna and sacked the town, then went on towards Lisbon. But Drake failed to force the passage of the Tagus, and the army, owing to its lack of siege‑guns, was repulsed from Lisbon with some slight loss. There was no sign of the expected Portuguese rising on behalf of Dom Antonio. And so, terribly reduced by sickness, the English Armada returned home. Elizabeth was extremely angry: England had lost 10,000 men and she had lost all the money she had invested in the expedition. Drake was in disgrace for the next five years, during which time little was attempted at sea beyond raids against Spanish treasure‑ships
MASSACRE OF GLENCOE
The Massacre of Glencoe took place in 1692. The Master of Stair, William III' s chief minister in Scotland, took the accidental late submission of the clan of Glencoe as an opportunity to teach the Highlanders a lesson. He requested of the king permission to exterminate the clan on the grounds that they had in the past been guilty of acts of brigandage and murder, and upon receiving assent, he sent to Glencoe a party of soldiers who arrived pretending to be friends with the clan. They proceeded to live with the clansmen, dining with them, joking with them and playing cards with them until the morning of February the 13th 1692 when, whilst it was still dark, the soldiers surrounded the clansmen's huts and dragging them from their beds murdered them, firing at those who fled. The incident caused a scandal and resulted in the dismissal of the Master of Stair, and the first public sympathy for the Highlanders from the lowland Scottish.
RAID ON CADIZ
The Raid on Cadiz took place during the English‑ Spanish Naval War. Commissioned by queen Elizabeth I to reconnoitre Spanish ports, Francis Drake made straight for Cadiz, the head‑quarters of the Spanish fleet. With characteristic boldness he left twenty of his twenty‑four ships outside, and entered the harbor with only four vessels. But Drake's apparent rashness was grounded on confidence. He knew that the heavily armed ships which Henry VIII had laid down, and which had been improved since, gave the English an immense advantage over the Spanish galleys. These galleys depended on their power to ram and sink their opponent with their steel‑shod beaks; they were no match against Drake's broadsides. As the galleys dashed towards him he opened fire. A dreadful execution was done; the naked galley‑slaves were mown down in hundreds, and it was impossible for the survivors to row towards the English ships. The victors of Lepanto were beaten by a weapon against which they were powerless; the slaughter at Cadiz in 1587 closed the era of galley warfare for ever.
SIEGE OF ACRE
The siege of Acre was an unsuccessful French siege from the 17th of March to the 21st of May 1799 of a seaport and town in Palestine, 130 km north‑west of Jerusalem, during Napoleon Bonaparte's abortive attempt to carve out a French empire. Acre has been the focus of many military operations throughout history, notably during the various Crusades. The city was defended by the Turks, aided by a small British naval force, and Napoleon began the siege on March the 17th. A French assault was beaten off, and the approach of a Syrian relief army forced Napoleon to withdraw most of his force to deal with this threat. The siege was then resumed, with seven more assaults being made without success, while the defenders made a number of sorties, and Napoleon finally raised the siege and departed on the 21st of May.
SIEGE OF ALESIA
The Siege of Alesia was Julius Caesar's final defeat of the Gauls in 52 BC, completing the Roman conquest of Gaul. Napoleon III erected a statue of Vercingetorix on the site of the battle 1864. The town, identified with Alise‑Ste‑ Reine in northern France, was the Gauls' last stronghold. It was held by about 80,000 foot and 15,000 horse troops under Vercingetorix, while the Romans besieging them consisted of about 50,000 troops, mainly legionaries. The Belgii, another Gallic tribe, sent a relief force which attempted to break through the Roman lines but was so decisively defeated that the town immediately surrendered.
SIEGE OF BADAJOZ
The Siege of Badajoz was a costly British victory over Napoleonic forces in the Peninsular War during March and April 1812. Badajoz was an important fortress in Spain on the border with Portugal, which the Spanish surrendered to the French in February 1811. It was recaptured by the Duke of Wellington at a cost of some 5,000 casualties.
SIEGE OF EMESSA
The Siege of Emessa took place in 272 when the Palmyrenians under Zenobia were completely defeated by the Romans under Aurelian, who at once laid siege to Palmyra which he took in 273 after a stubborn defence.
SIEGE OF GIBRALTAR
The Siege of Gibraltar was an unsuccessful combined French and Spanish siege of the British‑held fortress of Gibraltar from 1779 to 1783 during the American War of Independence. The French and Spanish fleets entered the Bay of Gibraltar in June 1779, while attacks were also made by the land approach with extensive siege works. Admiral Sir George Rodney managed to drive off the combined fleets long enough to permit supply ships to reach the harbor in January 1780, and another major re‑supply took place in 1781; from time to time small ships managed to run the blockade, but starvation came very close at various times, although a British sortie in November 1781 partially destroyed the siege works threatening the north.
Throughout the siege, there were regular artillery exchanges. The final Spanish attack took place in September 1782 with an army of 40,000, aided by the combined French and Spanish fleets. The attack was accompanied by an intense artillery bombardment, to which the defenders replied with red‑hot shot, damaging many of the warships and floating batteries. Great losses were inflicted on the attacking force and the siege was finally raised on the 6th of February 1783.
SIEGE OF ORLEANS
The Siege of Orleans occurred during the Hundred Years' War. The town of Orleans, held by a French garrison under Dunois, the Bastard of Orleans, was laid siege by the Earl of Salisbury on October 12th 1428. The siege dragged on until April 1429. On April 29th 1429 Joan of Arc entered the town and on May the 3rd the French assumed the offensive and on May the 7th the siege was lifted.
SIEGE OF YORKTOWN
The siege of Yorktown was an action of the American Civil War. On April the 5th, 1862, the numerically superior Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by George McClellan, surrounded Yorktown, which was held by 13,000 Confederate troops under John Magruder. The siege continued for almost a month. On May the 3rd, the Confederate commander Joseph Johnston withdrew his forces toward Richmond before McClellan could use his newly arrived artillery.
ST JAMES' FIGHT
St. James' Fight was a battle of the second Dutch war, fought on St James' day, 1666, between Albermarle and Rupert and the Dutch under De Ruyter, in the Thames estuary. The battle resulted in the Dutch being driven to their own coast with the loss of twenty ships.
The Walcheren Expedition was a British army farce during the Napoleonic Wars. It was intended as a diversion in favour of Austria, to destroy the French fleet in the Cheldt and capture Antwerp, which Napoleon was making a great arsenal. An army of some 40,000 under Chatham and a fleet under Sir Richard Strachan left Portsmouth in July 1809. Antwerp which was weakly held was reinforced by Bernadotte and King Louis Bonaparte, whilst Chatham took Flushing on August the 15th and occupied Walcheren, South Beveland and Schouwen. Of the troops landed on fever‑stricken Walcheren, 7,000 died and 15,000 were disabled; and the partial dismantlement of Flushing, evacuated on December the 23rd, after the treaty of Schonbrunn, was the only result obtained.