This Day In History: 1758-06-08

Through crashing surf which staves in many of their boats on the rocky foreshore, and against entrenched French infantry and artillery opposition, British troops including the 40th and 47th Regiments (later 1st South Lancashire and 1st Loyals respectively) fight their way ashore on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to begin the assault on the Fortress of Louisbourg, key to the St Lawrence seaway.