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The Battle of Maida by De Louthembourg.


The Battle of Maida by De Louthembourg.

Following Napoleons deposition of Ferdinand IV, King of Naples in favour of his brother Joseph Bonaparte, the British government ordered General Sir John Stuart to land a force in Calabria, Southern Italy. On the 6th of July the French force of 4,000 infantry and 1,000 cavalry met the British force of 5,000 infantry. The battle was a British victory with losses of 330, compared to the French losses of 700 killed and 1,000 wounded with another 1,000 prisoners.
Item Code : DHM0177The Battle of Maida by De Louthembourg. - This Edition
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