A French Junior Naval Officer of the Great Wars

By H. H. Brindley, published May 1932


Some people are extremely unlucky and one such was Joseph Julien Piedagnel, a junior French Navy officer of the Napoleonic Wars. His misfortune was to be captured three times and on the last occasion was a prisoner-of-war from 1803 to 1814. The article was prompted by an analysis of two warship drawings attributed to Piedagnel, who also produced exquisite model ships and other naval artefacts during his imprisonment. His long imprisonment brought to an end the naval career of a courageous and able officer but at different times he served the state for relatively short periods.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads

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