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Britain's Last Invasion (Paperback)

The Battle of Fishguard, 1797

British History P&S History 18th Century

By Phil Carradice
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526765857
Published: 13th January 2020

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An article written by the author for Dan Snow's History Hit: 'When Was the Last Time Britain was Invaded?'

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The history of Britain has been shaped by those who have invaded this small isle: the Romans, Vikings and Norman Conquest all moulded our society and culture. Surprisingly, the last time mainland Britain was ever invaded was not Duke William’s victory at Hastings in 1066 or even the Bloodless Revolution of 1688. It was, in fact, in February 1797 when 1,400 drunken and out-of-control French soldiers from the Legion Noire landed on the north coast of Pembrokeshire near Fishguard.

With ‘Britain’s Last Invasion’ dive in to the Battle of Fishguard, a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France. The little-known ‘invasion’ consisted mainly of drunken Frenchmen rampaging around the area, burning churches and terrorising the locals. The role and courage of the women of Fishguard is revealed: when the men fled, the women stayed fast. Learn how the town cobbler Jemima Nicholas – armed with only a pitchfork – captured twelve enemy soldiers.

The attempted invasion lasted just three days, but had ramifications that we are still dealing with today. Following the attempt, the government recognised the need to strengthen the British fleet, a policy that lasted for over a hundred years and almost certainly helped prevent Napoleon’s later planned invasion.

This is an excellent account of the last (to date!) time hostile foreign troops landed on British soil.

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History of War

A well told and stirring tale using a lot of contemporary accounts, of a small yet remarkable episode overshadowed by the greater canvas of the Napoleonic wars.

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About Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a well-known writer and historian with over 60 books to his credit. A poet, story teller and broadcaster, his most recent books are “The Cuban Missile Crisis” (for Pen and Sword), “The Call Up” (Fonthill) and the novel “Stargazers” for Accent Press. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and TV, presents the BBC Wales History programme “The Past Master” and is widely regarded as one of the finest creative writing tutors in Wales.

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