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Badajoz 1812: Wellington's Bloodiest Siege by Ian Fletcher

By Ian Fletcher

The storming of Badajoz was once an epic motion which concerned Wellington’s infantry in probably the most savage hand-to hand scuffling with of the entire Peninsular struggle. At appalling fee in a nightmare attack throughout the evening of the 6 April 1812, Wellington’s infantrymen hacked their excess of the our bodies in their lifeless and wounded and during the large medieval partitions of town. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness by way of a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed the city the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the elegant braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.

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P. 766. Macaulay, n, p. 451. 32 THE FAILURE OF DIPLOMACY which could not have been inferior to the Dutch strength of 25 sail, "16 of them great ships", at which figure, upon September 2nd, the scouts reporting to Strickland had estimated the extent of the enemy's preparations, and which observation reports as late as the beginning of October had served to confirm. James's reliance upon Strickland's fleet, especially in view of the fact that 35 vessels were being fitted out to join the ships at sea, was reasonable and proper.

P. 20; Burchett, p. 8, and p. 11. See also Admiralty Papers in article previously cited. O. Ad. 1, 5139. The Watermen's Company was one of the ancient Companies of the City of London, with which, in 1667, the Lightermen's Company was united. The Watermen's and Lightermen's Company, with limited functions, still exists. ) to impressment; and much of their uncalendared records, which just reach back to this period, are taken up with affairs of impressments. The Free Fishermen are not to be confused with the ancient and opulent Fishmonger's Company of the City of London.

861; and Oldmixon, p. 732, and RapinThoyras, 11, p. 763, follow him. B. article, " Fitzroy, Henry, first Duke of Grafton". 2 Memoirs of James II, 11, p. 1773 "Journal of Captain Grenville Collins", Dartmouth MSS, XV, i, p. 54. 2 In coming round, Strickland was directed to leave two of the cleanest frigates3 off Orfordness and " as a Matter of greatest Importance, so to employ all the ScoutVessels as that he might have from them, and King James himself from him, the most frequent, quick and exact Accounts of their [the Dutch] Proceedings on their own Coast and their departure thence ".

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