British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1806: Despatches from the Front

British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1806: Despatches from the Front

by John Grehan, Martin Mace

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Overview

The Napoleonic Wars was truly a worldwide conflict and Britain found itself engaged in battles, sieges and amphibious operations around the globe. Following every battle the commanding officer submitted a report back to the Admiralty or the War Office. Presented here together for the first time are those original dispatches from some forty generals, captains and admirals detailing more than eighty battles that took place in India, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most important periods in British military and naval history.

The reports include those from some of Britain’s most famous battles, the likes of Trafalgar and Waterloo, as well as less well-known but just as important engagements which resulted in the capture of the islands and territories which helped form the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781593325
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/05/2014
Series: Despatches from the Front
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOHN GREHAN has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

List of images x

List of maps xi

British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1806 1

The Despatches

1 Famars-23 May 1793 23

2 Hondschoote and the Siege of Dunkirk - 6 to 8 September 1793 26

3 Toulon - 18 September to 18 December 1793 30

4 Saint Florent - 7 February to 18 February 1794 39

5 Martinique - 23 March 1794 43

6 St Lucia - 1 April 1794 46

7 Bastia - 4 April to 19 May 1794 48

8 Guadeloupe - 11 April to 12 April 1794 51

9 Beaumont-en-Cambrésis - 26 April 1794 55

10 Tourcoing - 18 May 1794 58

11 Tournay - 22 May 1794 62

12 The Glorious First of June - 1 June 1794 64

13 Calvi - 19 June to 10 August 1794 67

14 Fleuras-26 June 1794 70

15 Boxtel - 15 September 1794 72

16 Genoa - 14 March 1795 74

17 Île de Groix - 23 June 1795 77

18 Hiéres Islands - 13 July 1795 79

19 Saint Lucia - 24th May 1796 81

20 & 21 The Capture of St Vincent and Grenada 84

22 Cape St Vincent 89

23 Trinidad - 21 February 1797 92

24 Fishguard-23 February 1797 96

25 San Juan - 17 April to 2 May 1797 98

26 Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 22 July to 25 July 1797 100

27 Camperdown-11 October 1797 102

28 Ostend-19May 1798 104

29 The Nile - 1 August to 3 August 1798 109

30 St George's Caye-3 September to 10 September 1798 111

31 Ballinamuck - 8 September 1798 118

32 Tory Island - 12 October 1798 121

33 Seringapatam - 5 April to 4 May 1799 123

34 Callanstoog - 27 August 1799 126

35 Krabbendam-10 September 1799 131

36 Bergen-19 September 1799 133

37 Alkmaar-2 October 1799 137

38 Castricum-6 October 1799 146

39 Brión (Ferrol) - 25 and 26 August 1800 149

40 Alexandria - 21 March 1801 151

41 Copenhagen-2 April 1801 155

42 Algeciras Bay - 6 July to 12 July 1801 159

43 Boulogne-15 August to 16 August 1801 164

44 St Lucia - 22 June 1803 169

45 Ally Ghur - 1 September to 4 September 1803 172

46 Assaye-23 September 1803 173

47 Pulo Aura - 14 February 1804 176

48 Cape Finistere - 22 July 1805 179

49 Trafalgar - 21 October 1805 181

50 Cape Ortegal - 4 November 1805 185

51 Blaauwberg - 8 January to 18 January 1806 188

52 San Domingo - 6 February 1806 196

53 Maida - 4 July 1806 199

Index of Persons 203

Index of Military and Naval Units 206

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