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Royal Marines in Action since December 1664! Happy New Year Royal! #RoyalMarines #RoyalMarinesHistory

December 31, 2019

Royal Marines in action since December 1664!

 

Unit/ Formation: Marine Regiments

Location: Cadiz

Period/ Conflict: Second Anglo Dutch War

Year: 1664

Date/s: December 1664

Possibly the first action where Marines were used was the suddenly attacked the Dutch Smyrna fleet.

 

Though the attack failed, the Dutch in January 1665 allowed their ships to open fire on English warships in the colonies when threatened.

 

Charles II used this as a pretext to declare war on the Netherlands on 4 March 1665 leading to the Second Anglo Dutch War.

 

Image: James, Duke of York, the Lord High Admiral of England and openly Catholic, argued in favour of a war between England and the Dutch.

 

Thank you to all my new followers in 2019, if you know anyone that would like to follow me in 2020 please do forward this e mail.

 

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Happy New Year, 

 

Simon

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