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> England never invaded, after 1066?
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  Posted: August 28, 2008 06:11 pm
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This text is included in Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia:

England is fortunate in being part of an island that has never been occupied or invaded by foreign troops since the Norman Conquest in 1066.

But is that accurate?

Didn't Henry II invade with a fleet of 36 ships and a force of 3,000 footmen and 140 horses:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_II_of_E..._English_Throne

The above assertion quotes Harvey, The Plantagenets, p.48

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Posted: August 31, 2008 06:22 pm
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Hallo Imperialist, :D

Interesting question, with regards "England" and I would have to check locations but,

I believe French Napoleonic troops landed at a place called Fishguard on mainland United Kingdom.

And in 1798 French Forces landed on the West Coast of what is now, County Mayo the Republic of Ireland, capturing Killala, Ballina, Foxford, and Castlebar for a brief period from the British Forces :D

Kevin in Deva. :D
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Posted: September 01, 2008 09:21 am
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1688 William of Orange-Nassau landed with 60000 men dutch forces at Torbay.
1667 the dutch raided Medway.
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Posted: September 11, 2008 05:56 am
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The Germans occupied the Jersey and Guernsey islands in July 1940. They are part of Great Britain. They may be small islands, but as mainland of G.B. is an island itself, it makes my case. :)
And they are not that small. Jersey Island has 7 villages/towns on it.

A little known fact: in the Winter 1944-1945 the Germans still occupying these islands launched a very successful night time raid, which brought havoc and material losses to the Allied troops stationed in the neighboring French harbors.
As a long time result, the Allies increased the strength of their garrisons in the area with thousands of soldiers, thus keeping them away from the frontline.
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