This Day in History: 1775-06-17

Battle of Bunker’s Hill. 47th and 59th Regiments (later 1st Loyals and 2nd East Lancashires respectively), fight in the first, and bloodiest, major engagement of the American War of Independence. The battle shows the indomitable spirit and discipline of the British regulars, who three times struggle upwards over fences, ditches and other obstacles towards the American rebels entrenched on the summits of two hills beside Boston harbour. Repulsed twice, they march forward a third time over the bodies of their fallen comrades, to finally close with the enemy with the bayonet. The British suffer over 1,000 casualties, more than twice that of the Americans, their highest loss of the entire campaign.