maandag 11 oktober 2010

Chatham 1667






Een schilderij van Jan van Leyden uit 1669, die de succesvolle aanval op Engeland in de Tweede Engelse Oorlog voorstelt. Nu kwamen aanvallen en raids na 1066 wel meer voor, maar de stunt die de Republiek in 1667 uithaalde spreekt nog steeds wel tot de verbeelding. Voor meer plaatjes en tekst moet je maar es hier kijken.

Bijzonder is dat de aanval op het fort Sheerness met mariniers en zeesoldaten werd geleid door de Engelse (!) Kolonel Thomas Dolman.


Above a picture by Jan van Leyden form the year 1669, depicting the Republic's succesfull attack on the Medway in the Second Anglo-Dutch War. Raids on the english coast were not that uncommon after 1066, but what the Republic pulled off in 1667 is still a remarkable feat.

Read more here, with lots of other pretty pictures.

Quite interesting is the fact that the English fortress Sheerness was stormed and taken by marines and 'sea-soldiers', led by an Englishman (!) with the name of Colonel Thomas Dolman, a veteran who fought in dutch service earlier.

3 opmerkingen:

  1. Dolman was one of the few English officers to continue in service of the Dutch Republic (and took the oath of allegiance) when the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War broke out. Most of the English officers refused, returned to England, and partly re-formed in the Holland Regiment (future 3rd Foot, the Buffs).

    Dolman is also an interesting example of the cosmopolitan attitude of many officers in that period. The Duke of Schomberg is of course the ultimate example.

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