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Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle (2004)
af Roy Adkins
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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. Capturing the harsh conditions in which sailors lived and died, the mechanics of nautical warfare, and the relentless violence of 19th century naval combat, this book will be appreciated by fans of military history and Patrick O'Brian.--From publisher description.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)940.2745History and Geography Europe Europe Early Modern 1453-1914 Napoleonic period 1789-1815
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