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LETTER OF THE MONTH

THE FORGOTTEN WAR In our Q&A, we discussed the ‘invasion’ of England by William of Orange, but one reader has a tale to tell

BOTCHED INVASION

Without wishing to sound like one of those critics who spends their days scanning papers and magazines in the hope of finding a mistake, may I say that the ‘Myth Busting’ section of your Q&A (October 2017 on the last foreign invasion of England did actually get it wrong… or did it? It all depends on whether you meant England or Britain, bearing in mind that England is the term usually employed for the whole of Britain in those days.

William of Orange’s 1688 coup was the last ‘successful’ invasion of Britain, but there was one, which failed, that was much later than that. In 1797, a French force of 1,400 -I hesitate to call them soldiers, as many had been released from prison to take part in the expedition and still had the marks of manacles on their wrists - landed at Fishguard in west Wales.

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This is the December 2017 issue of History Revealed.