Gibraltar 1727


The bombardment from both sides is shown effectively in this contemporary German print of 1727. The artillery battery in the left foreground seems too far away to be effective but shows how the batteries for mortars were constructed, with baskets filled with earth. These were still being used in the Crimea in 1855. The ship in the foreground has the flag of the Spanish King. The strip of flat land to the left of the Rock has the batteries and trenches of the besieging Spanish army, with their camps further to the left.


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by Stephen Luscombe