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Osprey: French Warship Crews 1789-1805

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From the French Revolution to Trafalgar

WAR97 French Warship Crews 1789–1805

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Code: WAR 97
Author: Terry Crowd


This book gives a detailed and authentic account of the life and experiences of French warship crews from the Revolution up to Trafalgar. It describes the recruitment and composition of crews, the different duties performed and the living conditions they had to endure at sea. Their experiences of fighting the British are covered in depth; from preparing the ship for action, to the violent discharges of heavy calibre guns, the often gruesome realities of sea warfare are revealed through pictures and contemporary testimonies.

Biographical Note

Terry Crowdy has had a life-long interest in the life and times of the common soldier of the late-18th and early-19th centuries, with a particular passion for the subject of the French 9ème Légère. A committed re-enactor and historical researcher, Terry has written numerous articles for various magazines on the French forces of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. Steve has provided award-winning illustrations for renowned publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began.


  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Maritime France
  • The men of the sea
  • Life at sea
  • Discipline & punishment
  • The experience of battle
  • Life in captivity
  • Colour plate commentary
  • Index

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