Forester, C. S.


1st.ed., 1957. 255 pp., frontis., + 11 other plates & map e.p’s. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j. faded & with small ‘Blue Peter’ drawn, o/w V.G. Forester’s factual study of the Naval War of 1812 - the conflict between Great Britain and the United States. The engagements consisted largely of single frigate actions, many brilliantly fought on both sides. The war came about owing to the British practice of stopping and searching American ships for British deserters. If the manning crisis was particularly critical, some captains did not hesitate to press non-British seamen too, and there were cases of British warships violating American territorial waters if in hot pursuit of a French man-o’-war. The Royal Navy had been at war with France and her allies since 1793 and was stretched to the limit. It could not afford to deploy a sufficient force to fight another war with a country that Britain felt little or no animosity for. America built a number of superb frigates and had the advantage of fighting often in sight of their own coast. They were manned by brave sailors and the war witnessed many exciting and hard-fought actions. The story of this short but action-packed conflict is graphically described.

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