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The Complete 3 Part 1988 TV Documentary Series About The Spanish Armada Sent Against England In 1588 During The Anglo-Spanish War (Color, 1988, 3 Episodes Of 49 Minutes Each), PLUS BONUS TITLE: YOU ARE THERE: JULY 29, 1588, An Episode Of The CBS News Radio Historical Drama Series By The Same Staff CBS Employed During World War II (August 11, 1947, 29 Minutes) -- Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality 2 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set!
* September 19, 2023: Updated With YOU ARE THERE: JULY 29, 1588!
This historic 1988 BBC TV series brings to light, in many cases for the first time in history, the first hand accounts, deep sea diving discoveries, computer navigation models provided by the British Navy and more, the verifiable facts of one of the most important and most improbable of European battles: the August 1588 attempted invasion by Spain of Britain by a massive force of 130 ships that, though greatly outnumbering British forces, suffered ultimate defeat at the hands of wily and resourceful British naval forces.
Episode I: The Last Crusade
Episode II: The Scattering
Episode III: The Floating Fortress
BONUS TITLE: YOU ARE THERE: JULY 29, 1588 (Audio, August 11, 1947, 29 Minutes)
Hypothetical news coverage of The Battle Of Gravelines, when English naval forces under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake fought off the Spanish Armada along the coast of Gravelines, France, in an episode of the brilliant CBS News radio historical drama series by much the same staff that CBS employed during World War II, including newscaster Harry Marble, long-time radio and television reporter and announcer who became familiar to millions in World War II as the voice of CBS Radio's ''News Of The World''.
The Spanish Armada (Spanish: Grande y Felicisima Armada, "Great and Most Fortunate Navy") was a Habsburg Spanish fleet of 130 ships that sailed from Lisbon in late May 1588 under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, with the purpose of escorting an army from Flanders to invade England. Medina Sidonia was an aristocrat without naval command experience but was made commander by King Philip II. The aim was to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I and her establishment of Protestantism in England, to stop English interference in the Spanish Netherlands, and to stop the harm caused by English and Dutch privateering ships that disrupted Spanish interests in the Americas. English ships sailed from Plymouth to attack the Armada. They were faster and more manoeuvrable than the larger Spanish galleons, enabling them to fire on the Armada without loss as the Armada sailed east off the south coast of England. The Armada could have anchored in The Solent between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland and occupied the Isle of Wight, but Medina Sidonia was under orders from King Philip II to meet up with Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma's forces in the Netherlands so England could be invaded by Parma's soldiers and other soldiers carried in ships of the Armada. English guns damaged the Armada, and a Spanish ship was captured by Sir Francis Drake in the English Channel. The Armada anchored off Calais. While awaiting communications from the Duke of Parma, the Armada was scattered by an English fireship night attack and abandoned its rendezvous with Parma's army, that was blockaded in harbour by Dutch flyboats. In the ensuing Battle of Gravelines, the Spanish fleet was further damaged and was in risk of running aground on the Dutch coast when the wind changed. The Armada, driven by southwest winds, withdrew north, with the English fleet harrying it up the east coast of England. As the Armada returned to Spain around Scotland and Ireland, it was disrupted further by storms. Many ships were wrecked on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland, and more than a third of the initial 130 ships failed to return to Spain. As historians Martin and Parker explain, "Philip II attempted to invade England, but his plans miscarried. This was due to his own mismanagement, including the appointment of an aristocrat without naval experience as commander of the Armada, but also to unfortunate weather, and the opposition of the English and their Dutch allies, which included the use of fireships sailed into the anchored Armada." The expedition was the largest engagement of the undeclared Anglo-Spanish War. The following year, England organised a similar large-scale campaign against Spain, the English Armada, sometimes called the "counter-Armada of 1589", which was also unsuccessful.