1667 saw the last opposed invasion of England when the Dutch landed at Felixstowe.
Their mission was to attack Harwich with their mighty naval fleet, but first they had to take Landguard Fort which guarded the entrance to the Harwich Haven. It was the forerunners of the Royal Marines that garrisoned the fort that day 351 years ago, commanded by Captain Darell, and the subsequent action was to become the Royal Marines first land battle.
Every year the Royal Marines Association and Landguard Fort Trust commemorate the event at the Fort with Displays, Living History and the opportunity to meet and chat to the veterans.
This year the event will be held on Sunday the 24th June in the Fort starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. Food, drink and refreshments will be available so visitors can stay all day to enjoy exploring the Fort, museum and Landguard, as well as watching the displays.
Additional parking will be available at Landguard, or you can use Manor Terrace car park, which is free, and include a pleasant walk across the Nature Reserve to the fort in your day out. It has fantastic views of the port, fort and sea and is not too far.
For more information on the fort please visit www.landguard.com where you can also see a film of last year’s 350th anniversary signature grand event.
You can also find information on Landguard at www.discoverlandguard.org.uk
As an aside, although 1667 was the last opposed invasion when the Duke of York’s Maritime Regiment of Foot (Royal Marines) successfully defended Landguard Fort; in 1693 the Dutch Prince William of Orange was invited by the protestant English to invade with a Dutch army to depose the catholic King James II. This time the Dutch were successful, without a shot being fired!
Funny how things turn out.