Battle of Colby Moor, 1 August 1645
Parliamentary victory in Wales towards the end of the Civil War. The battle was unusual in that it's result was in part decided by an amphibious assault. On 29 July Rowland Laugharne had taken the field with a force of 800 men. On the same day, Admiral Sir William Batten arrived at Milford Haven with his fleet, and together the two men worked out a plan to defeat the Royalists under Sir Edward Stradling. On 1 August, Laugharne faced Stradling on Colby Moor, while Batten sent the frigate Warwick to the north-east corner of Milford Haven, where he unloaded 200 seamen, who attacked the already pressed Stradling in the rear, resulting in a crushing Parliamentary victory. The battle led to the surrender of the remaining Royalist strongholds in Pembrokeshire, and increased the danger to Charles I, who was himself in Wales.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (13 April 2001), Battle of Colby Moor, 1 August 1645, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_colby.html