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All About History - - GREATEST BATTLES -

The de­ci­sive run­ning bat­tle off the coast of Calais and the Span­ish Nether­lands cost the fire-dam­aged Span­ish Ar­mada dearly as the English fleet chased them back into the open wa­ters of the English Chan­nel. The Ar­mada’s only chance of sur­vival was to wait out the wind and land its army the Span­ish Nether­lands, where it could es­cape Drake’s pre­da­tions, while the only chance of suc­cess was to board the Span­ish Army of Flan­ders in their barges from the coast.

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