doubtful that courage has ever been more impressively
shown than that by Frenchman Aristide-Aubert Dupetit-Thouars,
captain of the Tonnant, during the Battle
of the Nile.
had his right arm shot away, then the left and finally
one of his legs was taken off by a cannonball.
to give up command, he insisted on being put in a
tub of bran that was on deck and led his men until
he collapsed from blood loss.
of his final orders was to nail the Tricolour to the
mast so it could not be taken down in surrender.