Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trafalgar Day

21st October 1805.

Villneuve was late. Bonaparte had taken his army away from the channel to fight the Third Coalition. Pitt had already removed the threat to Britain with his diplomatic succeses, successes that would be overshadowed by Bonaparte at Ulm and Austerlitz.

But let's not minimise the result of Trafalgar; after this the war at sea was almost entirely in Britain's favour. And if ever I'm killed whilst commanding a naval battle, I insist on following the example of Nelson; to be pickled in brandy.

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