By Jonathan Bastable

It is a attention-grabbing selection of tales exploring the fewer well-trodden byways of Britain's lengthy heritage of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the battle on terror, "Amazing & notable evidence: the British at battle" uncovers the heroic, tragic and infrequently strange evidence at the back of the various best-known battles in British historical past. short, obtainable and exciting items on a wide selection of matters makes it's the ideal e-book to dip in to. the fantastic and striking evidence sequence offers attention-grabbing, superb and little-known proof and tales a few wide variety of subject matters that are sure to tell, take in and entertain in equivalent degree.

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On March 8th, 1801, Abercromby’s force landed on the beach at Abukir in the face of fierce opposition from French forces entrenched in the dunes. It was a brilliant but costly assault, a kind of premonition of D-Day. One thousand British troops, a fifth of the entire force, were killed getting ashore. But Abercromby’s force gained a beachhead and marched on to Alexandria, where a pitched battle was fought in the shadow of the old Roman fort. In the course of this battle the 28th Foot (North Gloucestershire) Regiment found itself in a position with the French infantry to the front of them, and the French cavalry to the rear.

The two armies met at a place called Compton (the name of which could be taken to mean ‘place of conflict’), where there stood a lone thorn tree. There was a great clash of shield walls that resulted in the Danes being forced back, like the weaker side in a rugby scrum. The Danish line collapsed, and their army fled eastwards, pursued by the English. It was said that Danish corpses were strewn across the Downs like fallen leaves – hundreds of them, all the way to Reading. The Rough Wooing and Other Wars Britain’s conflicts from 1494 to 1713 THE HABSBURG-VALOIS WARS (1494– 1559, Italy and southern Europe) THE CORNISH REBELLION (1497, southern England) THE SCOTTISH WARS (1513-1523) THE WAR OF THE ROUGH WOOING (1544-1551, Scotland) THE PRAYERBOOK REBELLION (1549, Cornwall and Devon) THE DESMOND REBELLIONS (1569-1583, Ireland) THE SPANISH WARS (1585-1604) THE SPANISH ARMADA (1588) TYRONE’S REBELLION (1594–1603, Ireland) THE DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1598–1648) THE FIRST AND SECOND POWHATAN WARS (1609–1622, America) THE ANGLO-FRENCH WAR (1626-1629) THE BISHOPS’ WARS (1639-40, Scotland) THE IRISH REBELLION AND CONFEDERATE WAR (1641-48) THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR (1642–1651) CROMWELL’S CONQUEST OF IRELAND (1649-1653) THE THIRD ANGLO-POWHATAN WAR (1644) THE FIRST ANGLO-DUTCH WAR (1652–1654) THE ANGLO-SPANISH WAR (1654–1660) THE SECOND ANGLO-DUTCH WAR (1665–1667) THE FRENCH REVENGE WAR (1667–1668) THE THIRD ANGLO-DUTCH WAR (1672–1674) METACOM’S WAR (1675–1676, North America) BACON’S REBELLION (1676, Virginia) THE MONMOUTH REBELLION (1685, the west of England) THE WAR OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE (1688–1697, Europe, North America) THE WILLIAMITE WAR (1689-1691, Ireland) Our Murderous Scallywags The would-be guerrillas of Nazi Britain Since the British Isles have rarely been occupied by an invader, the history of Britain at war contains only a handful of resistance fighters or guerrilla episodes.

THE FIRST ENGLISH VICTORY The Battle of Ashdown, fought on January 8th in the year 871, can be said to be the first victory of English arms. The clash was between an army of Danes and a slightly larger force of a West Saxons – perhaps 1,000 men – led by a 21-year-old prince who would later be known to history as Alfred the Great. Alfred had summoned his army from a place called Blowingstone Hill on the Berkshire Downs. On top of the hill was an ancient standing stone with a hole in it. By blowing in the hole in the right way, it was said, the stone could be made to sound like a trumpet.

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