Nelson’s Officers and Midshipmen

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Nelson’s Officers and Midshipmen

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Filled with the promise of adventure and glory, the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic era enticed hundreds of young men to enlist as officers in its bitter struggle against the French fleet. With some as young as nine, these boys were confronted with the harsh realities of warfare at sea: cramped conditions, ruthless storms and fierce combat. In spite of their youth, these sailors showed enormous courage and valour in the face of battle, their bravery immortalised in the literary works of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent. Drawing from letters, poems and personal accounts, this book uncovers the remarkable story of those boys who fought aboard His Majesty's mighty ships-of-the-line to defend their kingdom against the French.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Training, promotion and appearance /Conditions of service /On campaign /Experience of battle and aftermath /Museums and places of interest /Bibliography and further reading /Index

Product details

Published 10 Jun 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846033797
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 3 b/w; 46 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 131
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern…

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Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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