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 of the battle. For more than five hours the crews of the British, French, and Spanish ships struggled under the constant barrage of cannon and musket fire amid choking fumes, and ear- splitting explosions. While the men maneuvered the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women tended the sick and helped the boys carry gunpowder cartridges to the gun decks. Capturing as never before the harsh conditions in which sailors lived and died, the mechanics of nautical warfare, and the relentless violence of 19th century naval combat, Nelson’s Trafalgar is a must read for fans of military history and Patrick O’Brian.
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Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists and the bestselling authors of Nelsons Trafalgar, Jack Tar, and The Keys of Egypt, among other
books. They live in Devon, England.
Starred Review. This illustrious introduction to the Battle of Trafalgar from an archeologist and historian is one of the best in generations for the nonseafaring reader curious about the nautical epic, and it also handsomely rewards those whose study of the battle goes back a generation or two. The battle itself and its aftermath form most of the narrative, interspersed with details of gunnery, ship handling, discipline, construction, damage control and shipboard health and medicine (not for the weak of stomach). The author gives full credit to the heroism of both sides—the dismasted Spanish flagship Santa Ana; the crew of the British Belleisle, also reduced to a wreck; and the aptly named French Redoubtable, from whose tops a stray bullet killed Nelson. Also given in more than usual detail is the weeks-long aftermath of storms, which sank most of the British prizes and during which the British further distinguished themselves by rescuing and landing enemy survivors. "If blood be the price of Admiralty, Lord God we ha' paid in full," Kipling wrote decades later, and this narrative of one of the bloodier occasions in winning that Admiralty is fully worthy of its subject. (On sale Aug. 22)
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Descripción Viking, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. On October 21, 1805, the fate of Europe hung in the balance. In what came to be known as the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's Royal Navy, under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson, clashed with Napoleon's forces in an epic sea battle off the coast of Spain. Trafalgar remains one of the most resonant and exciting events in world history, a landmark struggle between superpowers with one of the most beloved of all commanders at its center. Though the cost was high -- and Nelson himself was killed -- Napoleon was prevented from invading Britain and the way was paved for his eventual defeat. Without Trafalgar there would have been no Waterloo. The victory set the British on their vast imperial course, a century of world dominance. In this breathtaking account of the Battle of Trafalgar, Roy Adkins stunningly evokes the unsurpassed violence of nineteenth-century naval warfare. For more than five hours, sixty ships fought at close quarters as their occupants struggled under the constant barrage of cannon and musket fire, amid choking fumes and ear-splitting explosions. Nelson's navy was severely outgunned; twenty-seven British battleships carrying 2,150 guns faced thirty-three French and Spanish ships carrying 2,640 guns. Yet the British gunners, quicker and more disciplined, carried the day. While the men maneuvered the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women tended the sick and helped the boys carry gunpowder charges to the gun decks. When Nelson died in the midst of the battle, French Vice-Admiral Villeneuve remarked that "to any other nation the loss of a Nelson would have been irreparable, but in the British Fleet of Cadiz, every captain was a Nelson." Adkins has drawn on a broad range of primary source material to write this powerful, unforgettably vivid history that captures as never before the harsh conditions in which sailors lived and died, the mechanics of nautical combat and the human costs of the conflict. When Nelson's body was returned to England, thirty thousand people gathered to view his coffin, yet an infinitely greater number were affected by Nelson's most lasting legacy -- Britain's expansion into the largest empire the world has ever seen. Nº de ref. de la librería 000331
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