Nelson’s Officers and Midshipmen

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Nelson’s Officers and Midshipmen

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Immortalized in literature through such characters as C. S. Forester's 'Horatio Hornblower' and Patrick O'Brian's 'Jack Aubrey', the officers and midshipmen of the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary (1792-1802) and Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) ran the ships that defended Great Britain against the threat of French invasion. This period saw the Royal Navy achieve its most momentous victories at the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar, victories that laid the basis for a period of British naval and imperial supremacy that would last a century.

The men who commanded these ships went through a long apprenticeship, often going to sea at the age of 12 or younger. They could serve for up to 60 years, progressing through the ranks in a service that rewarded success in battle and merit to a much larger extent than the contemporary British Army.

This title, the companion volume to Warrior 100: Nelson's Sailors, describes the harsh realities of life in the Georgian Royal Navy for all ranks of officer from the lowest midshipman to the most senior admiral and covers the exploits of men such as Horatio Nelson and Thomas Cochrane who provided the basis for the fictional figures that remain so popular to this day.

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 Jun 23 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846033797
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 3 b/w; 46 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
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…

Illustrator

Steve Noon

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

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