Military List Of Eighty Years' War Battles

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List of every major Eighty Years' War battle, including photos, images, or maps of the most famous Eighty Years' War battles when available. While it is not a comprehensive list of all skirmishes, conflicts, or battles that took place in the Eighty Years' War, we have tried to include as many military events and actions as possible. All the battles on this Eighty Years' War list are currently listed alphabetically, but if you want to find a specific battle you can search for it by using the "search". Information about these Eighty Years' War battles are included below as well, such as their specific locations and who was involved in the fight.

List battles include Siege of Breda, Siege of Ostend and many more.
Action of 12–17 January 1640 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List Of Eighty Years' War Battles
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Action of 12–17 January 1640

The Action of 12–17 January 1640 was a naval battle between a Dutch fleet and a combined Spanish-Portuguese fleet during the Eighty Years' War. The battle took place on the Brazilian coast off Pernambuco and was an attempt by a fleet consisting of approximately eighty vessels transporting about 5,000 soldiers under the command of Portuguese Admiral Fernando de Mascarenhas to land reinforcements to bolster the Portuguese militia besieging the city of Recife. On 12 January this fleet was intercepted by a Dutch task force of about forty ships commanded by Willem Loos. The ensuing battle lasted with occasional breaks until the evening of 17 January, when the Spanish and Portuguese fleet ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Pernambuco, Brazil

Part of: Dutch–Portuguese War, Eighty Years' War

Combatants: Spanish Empire, Habsburg Spain


Action of 18 September 1639

This battle took place between 17 and 19 September 1639 when a Dutch squadron under Admiral Maarten Tromp and Admiral Witte Corneliszoon de With, met with a much larger but poorly led Spanish fleet under Antonio D'Oquendo, consisting of 40 to 45 men–of–war and 40 to 50 transport vessels filled with some 13,000 Spanish soldiers who were being transported to Dunkirk. Tromp with 12 ships spotted the Spanish fleet on the 16th, but waited for de With to arrive with five more ships before attacking. Despite his numerical inferiority Tromp got the upper hand in a running fight which lasted into the night. The next day, Zeeland Commodore Joost Banckert, arrived to reinforce the Dutch with 12 more ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Calais, France

Part of: Eighty Years' War


Action of 18 February 1639

The action of 18 February 1639 was a naval battle of the Eighty Years' War fought off Dunkirk between a Dutch fleet under the command of Admiral Maarten Tromp and the Spanish Dunkirk Squadron under Miguel de Horna. Horna, who had orders to join with his ships Admiral Antonio de Oquendo's fleet at A Coruña, escorted at the same time a transport convoy carrying 2,000 Walloon soldiers to Spain, where they were needed. The attempt to exit Dunkirk was done at the sight of the Dutch blockading squadron of Maarten Tromp. Then a 4-hour battle ensued and Horna was forced to retreat into Dunkirk leaving behind two of his galleons, while another one ran aground. Despite his success in stopping the ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Dunkirk, France

Part of: Eighty Years' War


Action of 4 November 1641

Locations: Cape St. Vincent

Part of: Eighty Years' War, Portuguese Restoration War