|Britannia Ruled the Waves|
|Nelson Monument, St. Paul's, London|
|Commander K. at Nelson's tomb, St. Paul's, London|
Photo courtesy: Vincent Driano
|Richard I, Houses of Parliament, London|
Invaded Cyprus, Israel, Syria, etc.
|Duke of Wellington Exhibit, Tower of London|
Wellington led British forces in India, Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium
|Field Marshal Montgomery 1887 - 1976|
Defended Egypt and led British invasions of Libya, Tunisia, Italy, France, Belgium,
The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark
St. Paul's, London
My fellow Northwesterners can find traces of English influence all around them; Mount Rainier in Washington state was named after Rear Admiral Peter Rainier and the Puget Sound was named after lieutenant Peter Puget -- both names were chosen by Royal navy Captain George Vancouver.
I was fascinated to learn that Britain even intervened in Vietnam in the closing days of the Second World War. After the Japanese surrender, the local British Commander, Major General Gracey, even recruited Japanese units to help restore French control and suppress the Viet Minh. British involvement in Vietnam was mercifully short, ending in the summer of 1946.
Laycock neglects to mention Captain Cook's 'invasion' and death on the 'Sandwich Island' now know as the Big Island of Hawaii.
Commander Kelly says, "If you like quirky history told in a breezy unpretentious style, you will enjoy Layton's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded."
Special thanks to my brother-in-law Vincent Driano for giving me a copy of this book.
For another take on this book see...http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9653497/British-have-invaded-nine-out-of-ten-countries-so-look-out-Luxembourg.html.