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Siege of Gibraltar

Battle Name : Siege of Gibraltar

Date(s) : 24 June 1779 - 07 February 1783

Part of : British-Spanish Gibraltar dispute ,

Outcome : A victory for British Gibraltar Garrison over Spanish and French Forces

Type of battle : Land, Seige


The siege which began as a close blockade by land and sea was breached by the British Navy. Repeated attempts to shell, and storm the defenders into submission were repulsed. Morale was maintained by careful rationing, firm discipline and one spectacular sortie. A full assault failed and a supply fleet got through and the siege dwindled until a final withdrawal by the investing troops.


The rock of Gibraltar, Western entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. (Gibraltar)