GREAT BRITAIN: Invasion: Preview and Prevention

Invasion: Preview and Prevention The last time that an enemy (William the Conqueror) successfully invaded Great Britain, he assembled 700 transports (open barges) at St. Valéry-sur-Somme, waited for a fair wind, embarked an Army of 5,000 men, including 2,000 mobile armored units (mounted knights and their squires), sailed overnight across the English Channel (70 miles) and landed at Pevensey next morning. Immediately he marched to the nearest big city (Hastings), which he started fortifying (building a castle). The British (under King Harold of Wessex), though forewarned, had been drawn away by...

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