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Great Gamble, The: Nelson at Copenhagen

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On 2nd April, 1801, the Royal Navy anchored a few hundred yards off the Copenhagen waterfront and engaged the Danes in a brief but bloody battle. Earlier, insipired by Paul I of Russia, the northern powers began to form an armed coalition which could become a serious threat to British interests, and the arrival of a British fleet in the Baltic was in answer to this perceiv ...more
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Published October 2003 by Chatham Publishing (first published 1972)
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Dudley Pope was born in Ashford, Kent.

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