Book Review-‘Review of British Flag Officers in the French Wars, 1793–1815: Admirals’ lives’ by J. Morrow Bloomsbury

By Evan Wilson, published October 2020


John Morrow’s study of British admirals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793–1815) plunges directly into the subject matter. In the introduction, he sketches a social history of the nearly four hundred flag officers who served during the wars and offers some general thoughts on the challenges they faced in their careers. He points out that only ten per cent of flag officers ever had the opportunity to command a fleet in a major battle, and he promises that his book will survey the less-prominent aspects of flag officers’ responsibilities and careers.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies

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