Louisbourg 1758

Wolfe’s first siege

Louisbourg 1758 cover


Osprey's study of James Wolfe's siege of Louisbourg during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Louisbourg represented a major threat to Anglo-American plans to invade Canada. Bypassing it would leave an immensely powerful enemy base astride the Anglo-American lines of communication – Louisbourg had to be taken. Faced with strong beach defences and rough weather, it took six days to land the troops, and it was only due to a stroke of daring on the part of a young brigadier named James Wolfe, who managed to turn the French beach position, that this was achieved. The story is largely based on firsthand accounts from the journals of several participants, including French Governor Drucour's, whose excellent account has never been published.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign/Opposing Plans/Naval Operations 1756-57/Opposing Commanders (British & French)/Opposing Armies (British & French)/The Siege of 1758/Naval and Military Preparations/The siege day-by-day/The Landing/Taking Lighthouse Point/Bombardments Begins/Wolfe takes Green Hill/the French Sally/Artillery Duels/French Ships Damaged/Breaches and Fires/The Surrender and Cambis' Regiment "Mutiny"/Aftermath/The Fortress of Louisbourg Today/Chronology/Index

Product details

Published Dec 25 2000
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841762173
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 51 b/w; 55 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 79
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


René Chartrand

RENÉ CHARTRAND was born in Montreal and educated i…


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