RODNEY AND THE BREAKING OF THE LINE.

Trew, Peter.


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Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2006. Xix + 236 pp., 33 plates & 16 maps & diagrams. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The main emphasis of this fairly recent study is on Admiral George Brydges Rodney’s final two years of active service as Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands station during the closing stages of the American War of Independence. Rodney’s standing can be measured by the fact that out of the 21 enemy ships captured or destroyed by the Royal Navy during the entire war, Rodney accounted for 15 of them. His glorious career culminated in his defeat of Comte de Grasse’s fleet at the battle of the Saintes fought off Dominica on the 12th April 1782 when Rodney famously broke the French line, inspiring an entire generation of British naval officers, most notably Nelson. The author examines the Saintes as well as other actions involving Rodney, including the battle of Martinique in 1780. Appendices including English and French signals at the Saintes. (See also No. 205 above).


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