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In Case of actual Invasion.

ANON.. ; NAPOLEONIC WARS ([c. 1803].)

£250.00 

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Broadside measuring 200 by 334mm. Very slightly dusty at edges, one minute hole, otherwise excellent. Newcastle, pr. by S. Hodgson,

Napoleon's mooted invasion of the United Kingdom elicited a strong response in the first decade of the 19th century.

The years 1803-05 witnessed widespread anti-invasion preparations, which included an enormous mobilisation of the population and the erecting of numerous fortifications along the Southern English Coast.

This broadside, anticipating the landing of the enemy, puts forward a plan for "the more easy Removal of the Women and Children, and the Aged and Infirm, from Villages near the Sea Coast, to the place of general Military Rendezvous". It proposes dividing each village into four stations, from which accompanying carts would be on hand to transport those people either unable to journey on foot or most vulnerable in the case of an attack.

Scarce. No copies in Copac. OCLC locates just one copy at DePaul University Library.

Stock Code: 225413