Le Baillie de Suffren was an undisputed hero of the French Ancien Regime. Admired by both Nelson and Napoleon and known to his lascars as Admiral Satan, Suffren's reputation centred on his campaign during the Second Anglo-Mysorean War of 1782-3 - the last great challenge by France to Britain's supremacy in the Indian sub-continent. This account of Suffren's career in the Indies not only provides a fascinating study of one major naval campaign, but also an in-depth analysis of naval strategy and tactics, warfare, and the importance of Suffren's revolutionary role and effect on later naval campaigns.
Part 1 Apprenticeship to failure: beginnings, 1729-47; Malta, Minorca and Lagos Bay, 1747-60; war in the Mediterranean, 1760-78; Rhode Island and St Lucia, 1778; Grenada and Charleston, 1779; straining at the leash, 1780-1. Part 2 Passage to India: stormclouds in India; Porto Praya, 16 April 1781; race to the Cape; onward to India. Part 3 The duel of giants: Admiral Hughes; the battle of Sadras, 17 February 1782 (1); the battle of Sadras (2); haggling with Haidar Ali; the battle of Providien, 12 April 1782; the Marquis de Bussy; keeping the coast; Suffren's shame; the battle of Negapatam, 6 July 1782; Suffren meets Haidan Ali; Trincomali taken; the battle of Trincomali, 3 September 1782; waiting for Bussy; winter, 1782-3; Bussy in India; the siege of Cuddalore; the fleet to the rescue; the battle of Cuddalore, 20 June 1783; the war is over; the last of a crusader.