Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil… Horatio Nelson


Young Nelsons : boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815    Oxford : Osprey, 2009    D. A. B. Ronald ; foreword by Alexander Kent Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 Naval operations, British Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 304 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 296-298) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

They ‘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 novels of C. S. Forester  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.

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