By Angus Konstam
Osprey Command sequence #16
The most famed admiral in background, Horatio Nelson's string of naval victories helped safe Britain's position because the world's dominant maritime strength, a place she held for greater than a century after Nelson's loss of life. a tender officer throughout the American Revolution, Nelson rose to prominence in the course of Britain's conflict with progressive France, changing into a hero on the conflict of Cape St. Vincent. He went directly to win immense victories on the Nile and Copenhagen, sooner than best the British to their old victory at Trafalgar in 1805. yet, in that second of his maximum glory, Nelson used to be struck down via a French sharpshooter. this day Nelson is respected as a virtually legendary determine - a naval genius and a countrywide hero. He used to be additionally a deeply wrong person whose vainness, ego and personal lifestyles all threatened to overshadow his sizeable skills. This ebook finds the genuine Nelson.
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Extra resources for Horatio Nelson: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History
Above all, Nelson was driven by a strong patriotism, and by that almost spiritual belief in himself that first manifested itself when he was a fever-wracked teenager. In the end, this belief proved fully justified. With the possible exception of Robert Blake, no admiral in history could claim such a strong sense of dedication to the greater national good, or such a deep-seated determination to destroy the enemies of his country. Nelson was clearly no common being, and, more than any other, he earned Byron’s description of him as ‘Britannia’s god of war’.
Vice-Amiral Villeneuve’s fleet could be making for Cadiz, Malta or Egypt, and Nelson moved to the southern side of Sardinia, hoping to intercept the enemy if they headed east. The long-awaited battle never materialized, as the French were scattered and damaged by the storm, and Villeneuve decided to slip back into Toulon after just three days at sea. Still, it was clear that something was afoot and that the French were going to try again. In fact, Villeneuve’s attempted breakout was only part of a much larger plan.
Both men were in poor health, although Nelson did attend the House The waiting room at the Admiralty, where officers, civilian contractors, prize agents and aspiring midshipmen wait their turn to be seen. It was in a room such as this that Nelson met the future Duke of Wellington in September 1805. com The threat of French invasion was very real indeed – between 1803 and 1805 only the vigilance of the Royal Navy prevented General Bonaparte’s troops from attempting the crossing. In this cartoon of 1803, ‘John Bull’ is ready and waiting for ‘The Corsican’.