Decaen and Linois

By John Leyland, published March 1911


When in March 1803, a French squadron left Brest bound for Pondicherry in India, relations between the senior military officer General Decaen, and the Rear Admiral Linois were already strained. Decaen, appointed Captain-General of French establishments in India (now to be returned under the provisions of the Treaty of Amiens), believed that Linois was disrespectful of his status and niggardly in the treatment of his party. The two officers clashed repeatedly over accommodations on board the flagship, and provisions for the passengers, suggesting a future lack of co-operation in military operations.

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