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This introduction to the years of the Napoleonic Wars (1793 to 1815) tells the story of one of the keys to that great conflict, the ship of the line - the deadly battleships that played such a vital role in the battles. The author describes the ships' construction and armaments, the daily life of the men who served, and the problems faced by commanders of the time in battles that include the Glorious First of June, the Battle of the Nile and Trafalgar.

About the author: David Tudor Davies is a retired Chartered civil engineer who has had a lifetime's interest in ships and the sea. In retirement he developed a great interest in Military and Naval history, especially of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. He is a member of the Navy Records Society and Society for Nautical Research.

©2013 David Davies (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"[This] is an excellent book... action packed with many of the great sea battles that form such an important part of the nation's history - especially of course Trafalgar... Above all it is clearly and simply written and most readers, whether technically minded or not should have little difficulty in following the story of the main battles" (The Nautical Magazine)
"Possibly the most useful new book to introduce the reader to the concept of Napoleonic Naval history" (First Empire)

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  • 04-05-16

Birds eye view of a man of war

If you could sum up A Brief History of Fighting Ships in three words, what would they be?

Understanding the Barque

Who was your favorite character and why?

The whole thing.Cameron Stewart read it well and had the right voice. I learned a lot about an interesting topic

Which scene did you most enjoy?

You have to listen to the whole thing to understand what life was like then and how finite.It was how the sailors and officers held everything together.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

David Davies takes you amongst the crew and their .It is so well done

Any additional comments?

I found myself tapping out my biscuits to make sure there were no weevils in them. Theses guys were as tough as present day Marines

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