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The book had its origin when the flagpole in the author’s garden was broken by storm and needed replacement. With the successor in place, the question became on what days should the flag be raised?

The idea that the Union Flag, with its unique evolution, should be used to mark British Victories seemed obvious but a list could not be found. Flying The Flag addresses this omission. This first volume covers European battles.

Creating a list involved defining a ‘victory’ and how far the scope of the list should go. John Taylor sets out his case for including some famous retreats among the list in carefully studied text which puts each battle into its historic, military and political context.

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16th The Moonlight Battle 1780

17th The Battle of Corunna and the Evacuation of the Army 1809

19th The Taking of Cuidad Rodrigo 1812

23rd The Battle of the Dogger Bank 1915


7th Victory at Beda Fomm 1941

12th The Battle of the Herrings 1429

14th The Battle of St.Vincent


20th The Battle of Portland 1653

27th The Battle of Orthez 1814


5th The Battle of Borrosa 1811

6th The Battle of St.James 1426

10th The Battle of Marbella 1705

21st The Battle of Aboukir 1801

27th The Turning of the Mareth Line 1943

24th The Crossing of the Rhine 1945

28th The Battle of Matapan 1941


2nd The Battle of Copenhagen 1801

3rd The Battle of Navarette 1367

The Battle of Sabugal 1811

6th The Taking of Badajoz 1812

10th The Investment of Toulouse 1814

11th The Naval Action in Aix Roads 1809

12th The Battle of the Saints 1782

19th The Singeing of the King of Spain’s Beard 1587

23rd St.Georges Day


3rd The first Battle of Finisterre 1749

5th The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro 1811

6th The Breakthrough at the Medjerda Valley 1943

8th V.E. Day 1945

16th The Battle of Albuera 1811

17th The Battle of Monte Cassino 1944

18th The Conquest of Italian East Africa 1941

19th The Battle of Barfleur-La Hogue 1692

23rd The Battle of Ramillies 1706

20th The Siege of Acre 1799

24th Empire Day

28th The Sinking of the Bismark 1941

29th Oakapple Day 1660

31st The Battle of Jutland 1916


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1st The Glorious First of June 1794

2nd The Deliverance at Dunkirk 1940

3rd The Battle of the Gabbard Bank 1653

The Battle of Lowestoft 1665

17th Cornwallis’s Retreat 1795

18th The Battle of Waterloo 1815

21st The Battle of Vitoria 1813

24th The Battle of Sluys 1340

28th The Battle of Dettingen 1743


2nd The Storming of the Schellenberg 1704

3rd The Seizure and Destruction of the French Fleet 1940

4th The Battle of Maida 1806

11th The Battle of Oudenarde 1708

14th The Surrender of Lebanon and Syria 1941

22nd The Battle of Salamanca 1812

23rd The Battle of Garcia Hernandez 1812

24th The Taking of Gibralter 1704

25th The Battle of the North Foreland 1666

28th The Battle of Talavera 1809

The Battle of Sorauren 1813

29th The Defeat of the Spanish Armada 1588

31st The Battle of the Texel 1653Covers - Flying the Flag - gun


John Taylor spent over 40 years at the Parliamentary and Local Government Bar as a QC in many of the famous cases of the era after studying at Cambridge and Harvard. An active life has included 20 years hunting with the Grafton and Bicester Hunts and his yacht, Advocate, was the overall winner at the Cowes Regatta in 1991.

He has twice stood for Parliament. He now lives an active retirement in Bedfordshire writing and overseeing his garden and collection of trees.


1st The Battle of Minden 1759

The Battle of the Nile 1798

11th The Capture of Havana 1762

The Battle of Passaro 1718

13th The Battle of Blenheim 1704

14th The Battle of Malaga 1704

15th V J Day 1945

16th The Conquest of Sicily 1943

17th The Battle of Verneuil 1424

The Battle of Rolica 1808

18th The Battle of Lagos 1759

20th The Battle of Normandy 1944

21st The Battle of Vimiero 1808

26th The Battle of Crecy 1346


7th The Taking of Copenhagen 1807

8th The Taking of St Sebastian 1813

11th The Battle of Malplaquet 1709

15th Battle of Britain Day 1940

(Celebrated on the nearest Sunday)

18th The Surrender of Québec 1759

19th The Battle of Poitiers 1356

22nd The Surrender of Harfleur 1415

27th The Battle of Bussaco 1810

28th The Battle of the Kentish Knock 1652


3rd The Capture of Barcelona 1705

6th The Capture of Manila 1762

7th The Crossing of the River Bidassoa 1813

11th The Battle of Camperdown 1797

12th The Battle of Vigo Bay 1702

14th The Second Battle of Finisterre 1749

21st The Battle of Trafalgar 1805

25th The Battle of Agincourt 1405

28th The Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos 1811


4th The Battle of El Alamein 1942

10th The Battle of Nivelle 1813

11th Armistice Day 1918

The Destruction of the Italian Fleet at Taranto 1940

20th The Battle of Quiberon Bay 1759


8th The Battle of the Falkland Isles 1914

10th The Relief of Tobruk 1941

15th The Battle of Sidi Barrani 1940

17th The Sinking of the Admiral Graf Spee 1939






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