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The Battle of the Texel

In the autumn of 1794, the resurgent French Republic was on the march. The royal family had been executed, various attacks on France had been repulsed, and it was time for the revolution to be exported to her neighbours, by force if necessary. After several years of bitter fighting against a coalition of European powers in the low countries, French armies had triumphed. The territory known as the Southern Netherlands (modern day Belgium), then under the rule of Hapsburg Austria had been annexed by France, and her armies had pushed their way deep into Holland, reaching Amsterdam just in time for the onset of winter. The 1794/5 winter was notoriously cold. In London the temperature is said to

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