French Warship Crews 1789-1805: From the French Revolution to Trafalgar

French Warship Crews 1789-1805: From the French Revolution to Trafalgar

by Terry Crowdy, Steve Noon

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Overview

This book gives a detailed and authentic account of the life and experiences of French warship crews from the Revolution up to Trafalgar. It describes the recruitment and composition of crews, the different duties performed and the living conditions they had to endure at sea. Their experiences of fighting the British are covered in depth; from preparing the ship for action, to the violent discharges of heavy calibre guns, the often gruesome realities of sea warfare are revealed through pictures and contemporary testimonies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782004233
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Series: Warrior , #97
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Terry Crowdy has had a life-long interest in the life and times of the common soldier of the late-18th and early-19th centuries, with a particular passion for the subject of the French 9ème Légère. A committed re-enactor and historical researcher, Terry has written numerous articles for various magazines on the French forces of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. Steve has provided award-winning illustrations for renowned publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began.
Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He's had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. He has provided award-winning illustrations for the publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began. Steve has illustrated over 30 books for Osprey.

Table of Contents

Introduction4
Chronology 1789-18055
Maritime France7
The inscription maritime
The Men of the Sea11
The ship's officers
Masters and idlers
Sea wolves and freshwater matelots
The ship's boys
The ship's garrison
Life at Sea20
Living conditions
Rations and stowage
Combat stations, drills and seamanship
Battling boredom
Medical Services30
Discipline and Punishment41
The Experience of Battle45
After the Battle55
Life in captivity
Bibliography59
Colour Plate Commentary60
Index64

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