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Featured battle : Santander
Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Date : 10 June 1809 - 12 June 1809
General Ballasteros lead his troops in a successful attack on the French base at Santander. Stores, ammunition and cash were captured. Five small French naval vessels tried to escape but were taken by the British frigates Amelia and Statira. Ballasteros made the mistake of trying to hold Santander instead of withdrawing back into the hills with his gains. Bonnet's division retook the town and captured most of the Spanish force. Ballasteros escaped by sea.
Featured review :
Secret Flotillas Vol 1 - Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany 1940-44
Richards, Sir Brook
A fascinating insight into small-boat operations between the British south coast and northern France. This volume covers Breton fishing boats as well as naval motor gun boats and the missions they ran to insert agents, collect/deliver intelligence and pick up down'ed aircrew smuggled to the coast by the resistance. Full of detailed references and anecdotes which begin to give some idea of how information was learned the hard way. Particularly relevant, as the author was himself involved.
Pen & Sword Military, 2012
Reviewed : 2013-04-29 12:06:21