Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /Technical Specifications /The Combatants /The Strategic Situation /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Further Reading /Index
During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1814) the frigates of Great Britain and France fought one another in dozens of savage single-ship duels across the world's oceans. Featuring full-colour artwork, this book reveals why these glamorous but bloody battles have been immortalized in film and literature, from Horatio Hornblower to Jack Aubrey.
Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.
"This nice new book by American author Mark Lardas is probably the best single book on explaining what the ships, the tactics, and the men operating these vessels were like and what they experienced." --Cookie Sewell, www.cybermodeler.com (June 2013) "In this book, author Mark Lardas looks at the history of the development of the frigate from both [the British and the French] points of view. This includes the quality and training of the men who sailed these ships. We are then provided with several combats between the two nations as examples to what all that was previously covered did to the way a battle played out. The book then ends with an assessment of what was covered. This is all accompanied by period artwork as well as more modern illustrations, making for another excellent title in this series and one that I can highly recommend for an interesting read." --Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (June 2013)