Nelson's Trafalgar

Nelson's Trafalgar

The Battle That Changed the World

Book - 2005
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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.Now, on the battle’s 200th anniversary, Roy Adkins offers readers a brutally vivid, gunport-level account of the battle. 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 Trafalgaris a must read for fans of military history and Patrick O’Brian.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
ISBN: 9780670034482
0670034487
Call Number: 940.2745 ADKINS
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Nelson, Horatio Nelson, -- Viscount, 1758-1805 -- Military leadership.
France -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
Trafalgar, Battle of, 1805.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815.

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stewstealth
Apr 18, 2012

Engaging history of the Battle of Trafalgar. The author intersperses generic details on living aboard ship along with details of the age with action of the battle itself. The author includes many eye witness accounts which gave some impression of how terrible such a naval battle is for the crew and officers. A great read for anyone interested in history or this specific battle.

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