Although the Franco-Spanish fleet which faced the Royal Navy in 1805 was dispirited and demoralised – the British too, after years at sea, were also suffering from low morale. This invigorating account shows how the arrival of Nelson to take up command made all the difference. The little Admiral blew in like a gust of sea breeze; instilling a new spirit of pride and confidence in the fleet. Author David Howarth provides a clear account of the slow build-up to the great battle, and an exciting blow-by-blow description of the fighting itself as seen through the eyes of the seamen who fought it. A masterly reconstruction of the victory that gave command of the seas to Britain for more than a century.
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184pp, b/w photographs, line drawings, sb.
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