Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804

Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804


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Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804 by Mark Lardas, Steve Noon, Donato Spedaliere, Mariusz Kozik

Hortatio Nelson, himself one of naval history's boldest actors, called the burning of the frigate Philadelphia by the United States Navy in 1804 "the most bold and daring act of the age." It is one of the classic examples of a naval raid, a cutting-out action intended to deprive the enemy of a ship. It made Stephen Decatur a household name, both in Europe and the United States.

This Raid title describes the mission to retake the Philadelphia, providing the necessary background to understand the raid and following Decatur and his party on a minute-by-minute account as he approached, took, and burned the Philadelphia. It is a worthy supplement to Osprey's other books about the Federal Navy, making it of interest to both serious collectors and new readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849083744
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: Raid Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,255,713
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.

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