In the Hour of Victory

Author: Sam Willis
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 0857895729
Format: PDF, ePub
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Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history. When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles - The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805) and San Domingo (1806) - should be gathered together and presented to the Nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history. Sam Willis, one of Britain's finest naval historians, stumbled upon this collection by chance in the British Library in 2010 and soon found out that only a handful of people knew of its existence. The rediscovery of these first-hand reports, and the vivid commentary they provide, has enabled Willis to reassesses the key engagements in extraordinary and revelatory detail, and to paint an enthralling series of portraits of the Royal Navy's commanders at the time. In a compelling and dramatic narrative, In the Hour of Victory tells the story of these naval triumphs as never before, and allows us to hear once more the officer's voices as they describe the battles that made Britain great.

In Nelson s Wake

Author: James Davey
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300217323
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Horatio Nelson’s celebrated victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 presented Britain with an unprecedented command of the seas. Yet the Royal Navy’s role in the struggle against Napoleonic France was far from over. This groundbreaking book asserts that, contrary to the accepted notion that the Battle of Trafalgar essentially completed the Navy’s task, the war at sea actually intensified over the next decade, ceasing only with Napoleon’s final surrender. In this dramatic account of naval contributions between 1803 and 1815, James Davey offers original and exciting insights into the Napoleonic wars and Britain’s maritime history. Encompassing Trafalgar, the Peninsular War, the War of 1812, the final campaign against Napoleon, and many lesser known but likewise crucial moments, the book sheds light on the experiences of individuals high and low, from admiral and captain to sailor and cabin boy. The cast of characters also includes others from across Britain—dockyard workers, politicians, civilians—who made fundamental contributions to the war effort, and in so doing, both saved the nation and shaped Britain’s history.

Man of War

Author: Anthony Sullivan
Publisher:
ISBN: 1526706547
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The career of Guernsey-born Admiral James Saumarez reads like an early history of the Royal Navy. His first battle was against the American revolutionaries in 1775, but thereafter his main opponents were the French and the Spanish, and the first fighting ship he commanded, the eight-gun galley Spitfire, was involved in forty-seven engagements before being run aground. Rising through the ranks, Saumarez fought on land and at sea, and was involved in actions in the English Channel, being given command of a squadron of ships based at Guernsey. He served on HMS Victory, took part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent, the Blockade of Cadiz, and was with Nelson at the Battle of the Nile. Promoted to Rear Admiral, he led his ships at the battles of Algeciras and the Gut of Gibraltar. Saumarez was then dispatched into the Baltic, where he helped thwart Napoleon’s attempt at conquering Russia. So prominent was Saumarez during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, he was featured in the Hornblower novels and other fictional books, including Master and Commander. Tony Sullivan, however, tells the true story of one of the most remarkable individuals of the great days of sail, in the first biography of Saumarez for more than 170 years.

Battle at Sea

Author: R.G. Grant
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 140533505X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A visual journey through 3,000 years of naval warfare From the clash of galleys in Ancient Greece to deadly encounters between nuclear-powered submarines in the 20th century, explore every aspect of the story of naval warfare on, under and above the sea. Visit every major naval conflict in time through detailed vital statistics of the combatants and outcomes. Examine the changing face of life aboard a vessel, from punishment and discipline to food and recreation. Take a look at crews and their roles through the ages exploring hierarchies and organisation. Packed with photographs, maps, 3D battle plans and eyewitness accounts this is the ultimate guide to the evolution of naval conflict.

History of the Royal Navy A The Napoleonic Wars

Author: Martin Robson
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085773508X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars were the first truly global conflicts. The Royal Navy was a key player in the wars and the key enabler of British success - at the cessation of hostilities Britain emerged as the only power capable of sustained global hegemony based on maritime and naval strength. The most iconic battles of any era were fought at sea - from the Battle of the Nile in 1798 to Nelson’s momentous victory at Trafalgar in October 1805. This book looks at the history of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from a broad perspective, examining the strategy, operations and tactics of British seapower. While it delves into the details of Royal Navy operations such as battle, blockade, commerce protection and exploration, it also covers a myriad of other aspects often overlooked in narrative histories including the importance of naval logistics, transport, relations with the army and manning. An assessment of key naval figures and combined eyewitness accounts situate the reader firmly in Nelson’s navy. Through an exploration of the relationship between the Navy, trade and empire, Martin Robson highlights the contribution the Royal Navy made to Britain’s rise to global hegemony through the nineteenth century Pax Britannica.

Gefahr im roten Meer

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Refinery
ISBN: 3960480121
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Jack Aubrey ist nicht in bester Stimmung. Von seinem Auftrag im Ionischen Meer zurückgekehrt, wartet er auf Malta seit Wochen auf die Reparatur seiner beiden Schiffe Worcester und Surprise. Während er über seine ungewisse Karriere in der Marine nachgrübelt, wird Stephen Maturin als Geheimagent tätig, denn auf Malta wimmelt es von Spionen Napoleons. Doch plötzlich stehen beide wieder im Mittelpunkt des politischen Geschehens: Die britische Admiralität jagt sie in geheimer Mission nach Mubara im Roten Meer, um den Franzosen diesen wichtigen Handelsstützpunkt wegzuschnappen. Zu spät? Oder hat der Feind von den Plänen erfahren? Als das englische Schiff kurz vor der Küste Mubaras beschossen wird, überfällt Jack und Stephen ein schrecklicher Verdacht: Gibt es einen Verräter in den eigenen Reihen? Der neunte Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.

Kurs auf Spaniens K ste

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Refinery
ISBN: 3960480016
Format: PDF, Docs
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»Die besten marine-historischen Romane, die je geschrieben wurden.« New York Times Book Review Sophie, eine kleine langsame Brigg, die durch Captain Jack Aubreys Rang zur Slup erklärt wird, bietet mehr den Anblick einer gemütlichen Taube als eines schneidigen Falken. Doch dieser Eindruck täuscht gewaltig. Ihr Kommandant, der als Handelsstörer die Häfen und den Nachschub der Feinde Englands im Mittelmeer gewaltig unter Druck setzen soll, hält es mit dem Grundsatz seines berühmten Vorbildes Lord Nelson: »Vergeßt die Manöver! Immer drauf auf den Feind!« Die Aufgabe der Sophie ist mindestens so wichtig, wie eine Seeschlacht zu gewinnen. Und um so vieles profitabler, daß die Mannschaft darüber die Schinderei des Borddienstes vergißt. Auch Stephen Maturin, zunächst eine veritable Landratte, aber ein Virtuose des Skalpells und am Cello, trägt als Bordmediziner dazu bei, daß die Sophie in tollkühnen Gefechten mit den Feinden immer gewagter Katz und Maus spielt. Daß er ein Geheimnis verbirgt, schmälert seine Beliebtheit nicht. Der erste Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.

Sharpes Trafalgar

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3838706536
Format: PDF
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Nach seinen Abenteuern in Indien segelt Richard Sharpe an Bord eines englischen Handelsschiffes zurück nach Europa. Schon nach kurzer Zeit auf See überschlagen sich die Ereignisse. Sharpe gerät in die Hände der Franzosen und wird kurz darauf von dem englischen Kapitän Chase befreit. Dieser jagt das französische Kriegsschiff Revenant, das brisante Dokumente an Bord hat. Sharpe schließt sich der Jagd an. Doch am Kap von Trafalgar hat sich die Kriegsflotte der Engländer unter Admiral Nelson gesammelt - die größte Seeschlacht der englischen Geschichte steht bevor, und Nelson braucht jeden Mann.