Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
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I think actually what would have improved this to a 5 star rating would be if each chapter focused on the dueling ships in the battle, which is sort of does, but not cohesively. For example, chapters or minisections on just Santa Ana vs. Royal Sovereign, Belleisle vs. Fougueux, etc. Probably more my fault, and I guess it does reflect the general pell-mell of the battle, but by skipping from action fr ...more
October 21, 1805 "The first broadside of the Royal Sovereign against the Santa Ana put fourteen guns of the Spanish ship out of action and killed or wounded many of the crew. The broadside had sent over one hundred cannon-balls plus grape shot and nearly 1 1/2 ton of scorching hot iron- ripping its way the whole length of the gun decks of the Santa Ana."
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The book is a blow by blow account of the planning for the battle and how the plans for each fleet--the English fleet and the Combined fleet of France and Spain--were implemented. Nelson's battle plan was to break the line of ships organized by the French commanding admiral, Villeneuve. The French admiral wanted ...more
Adkins käsittelee paitsi itse sotatoimia, myös ylipäätään elämää laivastossa 1800-luvun alkupuolella. Lukijalle tarjoillaan niin tanakka historiallinen katsaus aiheeseen kuin paljon kiinnostavia anekdoo ...more
If I have one ding for the book, it's that while the lives of many of the major players were detailed, and even the service of HMS Implacable through World War II, and eventual struggle to scuttle her. But nothing on the story of the HMS Victory, easil ...more
Ordinarily I don't like to read books of military strategy but Nelson's Trafalgar is so much more than that. It's the telling detail that bring it to life, the individual accounts and the author's knowledge of life aboard a ship-of-the-line.
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It's excellent... maybe even better than Sqirrel claimed.
As the man said... it read so well that it was like a historical fiction, rather than a historcal account.
I am lost to find the right superlatives... try this book... it's well worth it.
What some have noted as a strength of the book, the consistent use of direct quotation by sources, comes across as a severe liability to me ...more
Providing an hour by hour narration, Nelson's Trafalgar takes readers from the first hour of battle, ...more
Six out of ten.
A complete description of the events surrounding the Battle of Trafalgar from the British, French and Spanish perspectives interwoven with descriptions of all aspects of life in the navy - food, clothing, artillery etc. It also goes on to describe the events after the battle, including the news reaching various parts of the world, and the mixed reception in England: joy at the victory and grief at the loss of Nelson.
No matter the level of knowledge on the Napoleonic Wars, Nelson ...more
I am almost finished with this book. It is very well done. But you do need to know the lay out of England and the area called Cornwall to get an idea of what all went on. I finished this book finely. I enjoyed it.
After reading this I'll never look at a sailing ship the same way again.
Very well written, recommended for anyone interested in naval history.