The Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson
The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on October 21, 1805, off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast, between the combined fleets of Spain and France and the Royal Navy. The last great sea action of the period, it established British naval supremacy and ended the threat of French invasion. The Trafalgar Companion not only chronicles the campaign and the battle itself in unprecedented detail, but it also charts Admiral Lord Nelsonís life and career as well as his death at the height of the battle. Providing a wealth of background details on contemporary naval life, seamanship, gunnery, tactics, and much else, the narrative is supplemented by informative sidebars, 200 color illustrations, and stage-by-stage battle diagrams.
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The Trafalgar Companion: A Guide To History's Most Famous Sea Battle And The Life Of Admiral Lord NelsonUser Review - Book Verdict
Adkin (The Sharpe Companion ; The Waterloo Companion ) has produced what will be the standard reference work not only on this battle but also on naval strategy and naval life during the Napoleonic era. With clear maps and a profusion of color illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars depicting uniforms, ships, armament, rigging, and sailors, this impressive volume explains Trafalgar in its larger military context. Interspersed throughout (and no less important) is the life of Admiral Nelson himself. A fine companion to the other Trafalgar books.
Review: The Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord NelsonUser Review - John Caviglia - Goodreads
Let me confess at the outset ... I did not finish, nor indeed sequentially read this book cover to cover. But then, it is an ad hoc encyclopedia, which assembles everything one might conceivably want ... Read full review