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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Manning and victualling would be critical to a First Anglo-Dutch War campaign

Particularly the English had to leave ships behind, as they had great problems manning their ships. They had to be continually sending out press gangs in southeast England to bring in more men. That can't have been good for their efficiency in combat. The Dutch were little better, and had their own peculiar problems. They had difficulty with victuals, like the English, but also had problems with armament supply. When a critical convoy form Sweden as intercepted by the English, it meant that the new flagships Huis te Swieten and Huis te Kruiningen could not be armed, and had to be left in the Texel when Witte de With's squadron put to sea for the Battle of Scheveningen.

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