Author Results for Martin Robson

Book Review – ‘A Waste of Blood and Treasure: The 1799 Anglo-Russian invasion of the Netherlands’ by Martin Robson

By Martin Robson

The Anglo-Russian invasion of the Netherlands in 1799 is one of the more unusual joint and international maritime expeditions launched during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Philip Ball’s account of the invasion is based on his MA thesis and draws upon a range of contemporary primary source material and eye-witness accounts to provide a […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Victory: From fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and beyond’ by Iain Ballantyne/Nelson Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy and the British people, 1688–1815 by Quintin Colville and James Davey (eds)and Jonathan Eastlan

By Martin Robson

Both of these books have one fundamental thing in common: at their heart they deal with real objects, living heritage, which readers can see for themselves either by visiting HMS Victory in Portsmouth or the long-term exhibition entitled Nelson, Navy and Nation at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). In that sense their apparent audience is […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | The Armada | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Tip of the Spear: Captain Henry Hotham and the blockade of Brest and L’Orient

By Martin Robson

The diaries of Captain the Honourable Henry Hotham from 1810 and 1811 reveal the conditions at sea during the blockade he kept of Brest and L’Orient, which required exceptional fortitude and seamanship. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

N ote: The Tip of the Spear: Captain Henry Hotham and the blockade of Brest and L’Orient

By Martin Robson

Commissioned in 1810 to command HMS Northumberland in the Channel Fleet and to blockade the French coast, the honourable Henry Hotham’s diaries, logs and letters have been used to give the reader details of the dangers, difficulties and successes of this vital element of the Napoleonic war at sea. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy