Monday, June 1, 2009

Glorious First of June

The Glorious First of June215 years ago today, the Royal Navy fought the revolutionary republic in the battle known as the Glorious First of June.

1 comment:

El Jefe Maximo said...

An interesting battle I keep meaning to write on.

Lord Howe certainly gained a tactical victory, but Admiral Villaret de Joyeuse did about as well as could be expected, given his lack of trained officers (the fleets had been purged by the revolutionaries). Fortunately for the Admiral's head, the grain fleet from America he was supposed to cover made port unmolested, allowing him to claim something of a strategic victory.

The naval portion of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from the French side really needs a historian.