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Nelson's Battles

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Horatio Nelson was the greatest naval commander of his age. In this masterly analysis of his fighting career, the acclaimed naval historian Oliver Warner examines every battle in which he participated, but concentrates on the three in which his command as an admiral was crucial. The first was the Battle of the Nile in which the bulk of Napoleon's fleet was brilliantly ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 19th 2003 by Pen & Sword Books (first published 1971)
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Aug 15, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Riveting book that captures the essence of Nelson's genius and capacity for bringing out the best in those around him (the "Nelson touch"). It also vividly evokes the characteristics of that era's sea battles - "clumsy, stubborn, protracted and grim beyond belief."

As I read Nelson's last signal to the fleet prior to engaging the combined French-Spanish forces at Trafalgar ("England expects that every man will do his duty"), I heard in my mind echoes of similar exhortations by Pitt, Wellington,
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Kevin Pearce
Oct 10, 2008 Kevin Pearce rated it really liked it
Warner does a great job at balancing the information that has been available about Nelson, from his contemporaries to other historians. He is objective enough to note when there appears to be conflicting information or opinion. He also is willing to evaluate Nelson's failings in the light of Nelson's demi-god position in the British Naval History.

I was fascinated to find that Nelson was an Admiral as a young man, this may have lent itself to the "Nelson Touch", and his boldness of action. Nelson
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Mar 18, 2011 D.M. Cornish rated it it was amazing
An absolute classic, readabl, informative, it reads more like liturature than dry old history. Shows Nelsons flaws of character as well as his strengths and leaves me amazed that such a man truly existed. Top draw.
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Oliver Martin Wilson Warner (1903 - 14 August 1976) was a well-known British naval historian and writer.

Warner was born in 1903 and educated at Denstone College and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1926 he succeeded Frank Swinnerton as staff reader at the publishing house of Chatto and Windus. In addition to his work as staff reader he also wored on the company's advertising material. As a young man h
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