Attack on Gibraltar in 1781, by the Spanish Floating Batteries.
[Bunney & Gold, 1804.]
Aquatint. 140 x 229mm. 5½ x 9". Slightly cut.
The Great Siege of Gibraltar was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence. It was the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces. In November 1781 the British garrison filed silently out of the defence works and made a surprise sortie. They routed the whole body of the besieging infantry in the trenches, set their batteries on fire, blew up and spiked their cannon, destroyed their entrenchments, and killed or took prisoner a large number of the Spaniards.
Parker: 92, i. NMM: PAI2904; for another item demonstrating the floating batteries used to attack Gibraltar, see ref. 13789
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