Every Man will do his Duty – Good 2nd copy
This book includes some twenty-two first-hand narratives from British and American sources, of naval life and death in the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Though some are extracts from memoirs written many years after the events described, others stem from closer to the action. Accounts by officers, alternate with less-polished descriptions from the lower deck, some frank in the extreme, particularly as to scrapes ashore. Every aspect of the naval officer’s and seaman’s life, whether afloat or ashore, is covered here, but a consistent theme throughout is the cheerful courage, camaraderie, humanity and sense of honour in the face of unrelenting hardship and adversity that characterised all levels in the service.
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