Rock solid

My latest for The Rebel: On June 16, 1779, the Spanish laid siege to Gibraltar. Yet more than 1300 days later it was still in British hands. And a very good thing to.

Britain moved somewhat ruthlessly to seize the Rock in 1704, it is true. But even then Britain was a bastion of liberty… unlike Spain. And in the darkest part of the Second World War, when the former was led by Churchill and the latter by the Nazi sympathizer Franco, the long-ago tenacity of the garrison had a pivotal impact in the survival of freedom as the UK was able to maintain vital ocean supply lines in its struggle against Hitler.

The audio-only version is available here: [podcast title="Rock solid"][/podcast]

History, PodcastJohn Robson