Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World

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Penguin, 2006 - History - 392 pages
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On October 21, 1805, as Britain’s Royal Navy under the command of Horatio Nelson clashed with Napoleon’s forces in an epic sea battle off the coast of Spain, the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Though the cost was high-and Nelson himself was killed-the British victory prevented Napoleon from invading Britain and paved the way for the eventual defeat of the French emperor. Without Trafalgar there would have been no Waterloo. The Battle of Trafalgar set Britain on its vast imperial course. For more than five hours the crews of the British, French, and Spanish ships struggled under the constant barrage of cannon and musket fire amid choking fumes, and ear- splitting explosions. While the men maneuvered the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women tended the sick and helped the boys carry gunpowder cartridges to the gun decks. Capturing as never before the harsh conditions in which sailors lived and died, the mechanics of nautical warfare, and the relentless violence of 19th century naval combat, 'Nelson’s trafalgar' is a must read for fans of military history and Patrick O’Brian.
 

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Review: Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World

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I've read this multiple times and loved it each time. Very good portrayal of both the battle as well as the lives of those involved. Can't recommend this enough Read full review

Review: Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World

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This was a wonderful history. Not only does the author expertly describe the tactical decisions that won the day for England but he digs deeper to give the reader a true sense of what it must have been like to be a common sailor, giving all for king and country. Read full review

Contents

OPENING FIRE
xix
INVASION
1
BEFORE THE BATTLE
13
THE STAGE IS SET
29
INTO ACTION
67
FIRST SHOT
93
SECOND STRIKE
109
SLAUGHTER
138
SURRENDER
180
LOST AND WON
196
HURRICANE
217
THE MESSENGERS
256
AFTERMATH
282
FRUITS OF VICTORY
308
HEROES AND VILLAINS
326
Copyright

VISIONS OF HELL
156

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About the author (2006)

Roy Adkins is a historian and archaeologist. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. His previous books include The Keys of Egypt: The Obsession to Decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Dictionary of Roman Religion, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.

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