Spanish Armada Case Study

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PLANNING AND TACTICS – FORCE MULTIPLIERS? (670 WORDS) The Spanish Armada could have succeeded, the plan was simple and could have been effective. The Spanish had the strongest army in Europe and the English defences were not exactly good. All the Spanish had to do was get to the Dundirk pick up the armies, take them to Kent, March to London and dismiss the Queen Elizabeth. This plan was very simple, but could have been deadly operation if it had worked. The Spanish 3 Invasion Plan (Santa Cruz) 1. Massive invasion fleet of 510 ship, 55,000 infantry and 1,600 cavalry to London. 2. Put forward his commander, Duke of Parma in the Netherlands, surprise attack across the channel with 30,000 veterans transported on barges at night. The crossing will take about 10 to 12 hours and proceeds with ground attack before navy. 3. Combined both navy 150 ship to Ireland and through land allowing Parma army to across London. King Philip like the plan where its meet the criteria such as diversion, surprise and reasonable budget. All King Philip intention has been transferred by the Spanish shipyards built fighting galleons…show more content…
Santa Cruz, the original leader of the planned Armada, had died earlier in 1588. The plan was to sail to Calais. There they would meet with the Duke of Parma and his 30,000 soldiers. Duke of Parma had ordered the construction of flat-bottomed barges that were to be used to transport his troops across the channel in order to invade England. Medina order were not to enter any English ports before he had succeeded in meeting up with Parma. So they passed Plymouth by and proceeded up to English Channel not realizing what an opportunity they had thrown away. Spanish did not believe the bulk of English fleet was so far west. They assumed it would be somewhere near the Straits of
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