Lord Howe's action, or the Glorious First of June 1795

The first major sea battle of the wars against France that would go on until 1815 was fought at the height of the Terror. The French intent to invade was clear and Britain needed the Navy to defend its homeland ... the French marked their commitment to the Revolution by painting hulls red, for the blood of the aristocrats. The resulting battle ... the British took seven ships and thousands of Frenchmen died or were captured.

Lord Howe's action, or the Glorious First of June 1795
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