iEach biography commences with a brief when and where born and educated followed by the date of joining the Royal Navy. From this point onwards, the reader is treated to a ship-by-ship and appointment-by-appointment account of that person’s naval service. Not only is it fascinating to see what events brought these people together for that most famous of all battles, but it is equally fascinating to see how each officer fared during that battle and, for those who survived Trafalgar, what happened in the years that followed. Very soon after beginning the book we find the various careers of these officers overlapping as each pen-picture begins to form part of much larger portrait.
NELSON’S TRAFALGAR CAPTAINS AND THEIR BATTLES
This is a biographical dictionary of the two flag officers and captains of 27 battleships, four frigates and two minor combatant vessels that were present under Nelson’s command at the historic battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. Each officer’s family background and naval career is covered and his and his ship’s role in the Battle analysed.
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T. A. Heathcote
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Hardback, 256 pages