Young Nelsons: Boy Sailors During the Napoleonic Wars by D. A. B Ronald (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionThey 'fought like young Nelsons.' The words of a schoolmaster, writing from aboard the Mars after the battle of Trafalgar, describing the valour of his pupils in the heat of battle. Made immortal by the vels of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent, these boy sailors, alongside those of every other Royal Navy ship, had entered the British Navy to fight the French across every ocean of the world. There was a long-standing British tradition of children going to sea, and along the way found adventure, glory, wealth and fame. During the Napoleonic Wars, these children, some as young as eight or nine, were also fighting for the very survival of Britain. Drawing on many first-hand accounts, letters, poems and writings, this book tells the dramatic story of Britain's boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars for the very first time.
- Author BiographyDouglas Ronald studied at Edinburgh University where he gained a Master of Arts Honours Degree in History and French. During a 30-year career in merchant banking, Douglas lived overseas for many years - in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the United States. In 1984, he returned to the U.K. and founded his own boutique firm, a corporate finance consultancy based out of London and Oxford, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions on behalf of major multinational corporations, and heritage tourism for the Government and the National Trust. Douglas is now a full-time writer.Alexander Kent, author of the introduction to Young Nelsons, is the pen name for Douglas Reeman, a master storyteller of the sea, from the time of Nelson to the twentieth century. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of sixteen at the outbreak of World War II, despite coming from an army family, and served in the North Sea and the Arctic in the Atlantic and Mediterranean campaigns. He returned to active service during the Korean War and later remained a naval reservist while working as a children's welfare officer for the London City Council. Reeman writes both fiction and non-fiction titles focusing on naval history, particularly that of Britain's Royal Navy. The author lives in Wantage, England.
- Author(s)D. A. B Ronald
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication10/09/2009
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleGeneral Military
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOsprey Publishing
- Out-of-print date05/03/2016
- Content NoteIllustrations (chiefly col.)
- Weight653 g
- Width152 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine30 mm
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