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Tango0105 Aug 2023 8:49 p.m. PST

… French Navies 1650 – 1815

Of possible interest?

Free to read



Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2023 7:54 a.m. PST

He turned this into a book, greatly expanded. I have it.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2023 7:55 a.m. PST

Well worth it.

Blutarski06 Aug 2023 1:47 p.m. PST

I can attest that two of Dull's earlier works -

> THE FRENCH NAVY AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE – A Study of Arms and Diplomacy 1774-1787

> THE FRENCH NAVY and the Seven Years' War

- are both very good books as well.

Tango0106 Aug 2023 3:17 p.m. PST



Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2023 6:28 a.m. PST

Well sais Blutarski….they are indeed

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2023 5:56 p.m. PST

I shall have to see if they can be gotten via inter-library

Cursd Captain08 Aug 2023 7:27 p.m. PST

The best historian of the French navy writing in English, in my experience. While his work is closer to administrative and regime history than the tactical history that inspires wargames, I still highly recommend it.

Tango0109 Aug 2023 3:20 p.m. PST

Thanks also…


Blutarski10 Aug 2023 11:57 a.m. PST

Hi Cursd Captain,
Allow me to add my opinion that Jean Boudriot must be the best French naval historian whose work has been translated into English. He was not only a superb researcher and writer, but also a terrific pen and ink illustrator.

A couple of other references I have found useful, FWIW -

Admiral Satan – The Life and Campaigns of Suffren by Roderick Cavaliero

Louis XV's Navy 1748-1762 – A Study of Organization and Adminstration by James Pritchard

The Naval Campaigns of Count De Grasse – During the American Revolution by Karl Gustav Tornquist

Tornquist's book is especially interesting from the tactical point of view, as it is a translation of accounts recorded by a number of Swedish officers who served as volunteers under De Grasse during his campaign in the Caribbean.


Cursd Captain20 Aug 2023 2:26 p.m. PST

Ahoy Blutarski -- belatedly spotting this. Agree with you about Boudriot and Pritchard. The others are new to me, but a recommendation from you advances Tornquist to the top of the list.


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