From 1793 to 1815 were the years of the Napoleonic wars - a period of change and upheaval comparable to the world wars of the twentieth century. This is the story of one of the keys to that great conflict, the Ship of the Line - the beautiful but deadly battleships that waged the war at sea. There are accounts of the ships, their construction and armaments, the daily life of the men, and the problems faced by commanders, in battles that include the Glorious First of June, Camperdown, the Battle of the Nile, and of course Trafalgar.
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A study of the activities of British ships of the line, during the period 1793-1815, which describes the ships, their armament and the men who served in them. Accounts of major battles are set alongside details of the naval events which took place in the periods between battles.Review:
An excellent book . . . action packed with many of the great sea battles that form such an important part of the nation's history . . . clearly and simply written. [Davies'] descriptions of the work of those on the gun decks is admirable and leaves no room for regarding life in a battle as anything other than imensely frightening, dangerous and difficult.
( The Nautical Magazine)
David Davies' treatment of the Napoleonic Wars considers aspects often given scant attention by many orthodox academic accounts.
( Lloyds List)
Intelligently written and informative enough to warrant a place on even the most landlocked bookcase.
( First Empire)
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Book Description Constable, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0094760209
Book Description Constable, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-199-90-5099005