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Trafalgar: Countdown to Battle, 1803-1805

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The Battle of Trafalgar is well-known for the magnanimous nature of the British victory, even though it cost the nation its greatest hero Lord Admiral, Horatio Nelson. For this reason, the battle itself has been remembered as a momentary success, the resulted only from a stroke of immediate genius or from a brief plan.

But as Alan Schom shows, the Battle of 21 October 1805
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Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Endeavour Press (first published April 3rd 1990)
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Steven Peterson
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting book. . . . This is a work that explores what led up to the dramatic battle at Trafalgar where Lord Nelson wrecked the combined French and Spanish Fleet. But as this book notes, the prelude was also important to understand. It made Nelson's victory at Trafalgar possible.

In the prior two years, there was a challenge to Great Britain from France. Napoleon threatened an invasion of the island, which would depend upon the role of his navy to protect the many ships that would have to t
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Jim
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This account of the lead-up to the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, is excellent. It covers the history of Napoleon's fruitless attempt to arrange an invasion of England and the roles that the Royal Navy, the French Navy and the Spanish Navy had in that attempt.

The author gives considerable credit to Admiral Sir Cornwallis, brother of the general who surrendered to the American and French forces at Yorktown in 1783. He believes that Cornwallis, who commanded the Channel Fleet during the
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Chris Steeden
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
'I never trust a Corsican or a Frenchman' - Admiral Lord Nelson

21-OCT-1805 and the brutal Battle of Trafalgar took place. I have walked through Trafalgar Square in London so many times, looking up at Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson perched at the top of the column, and to my shame it is only just now, at the age of 44, that I have read about the battle. Trafalgar Square was constructed in 1840 to commemorate this legendary event. So, what of the book written by Alan Schom. There are, of course, a lo
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Robert
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The complex campaign that culminated at Trafalgar

Excellent overview of Napoleon's effort to mount an invasion of Britain and the British campaign to thwart him. Schom discusses the political and financial aspects of both sides'military approaches as well as the strategies, tactics, and leadership of their respective forces. Schom devotes more space to the pagentry of events like Napoleon's coronation and Nelson's funeral than I would have prefered, but aside from that this is an excellent treatm
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Chanover55
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book book at time if felt like I just had to plow through. A bit slow in parts and at times the author repeats himself...how many times do you have to name every ship of the line for both sides or every mourner at Lord Nelson funeral. That said, I was glad I took the time to read this book.
MR MICHAEL A FRANCIS
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating.

Truly an unputadownable from first page to last page.. The author has gone deep into the history better than any historian.
Allen
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Warning, the first few chapters are like watching paint dry but if you stick to it, it is not a bad read.

Napoleon may have been a feared leader of armies on Continental Europe but when it came to the sea and the navy, he couldn't organize a drunken brawl at an Irish distillery. He was a control freak who had to make decisions on even the most minute details and changed his mind so frequently his subordinates were hard pressed to keep up.

His original plan, conceived in 1803, was to built sufficie
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Dennis McDonald
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time Napoleon planned to invade England. He initiated a massive ship building and recruitment plan to create a cross channel invasion fleet to transport tens of thousands of French soldiers from France to England.

Though his planning and leadership were flawed from the start, the English didn't know that. Under the leadership of Lord Cornwallis, England began a years-long Navy-led effort to monitor French developments, patrol the Channel, and to create a fleet under the eventual leade
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David  Shannon
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well done history of the events leading to the battle of Trafalgar. I appreciated the manner in which the author worked through the years leading up to the battle. I have read many accounts of the battle itself but never the political wrangling ultimately placed Villeneuve and Nelson in that battle. He does a fantastic keeping the narrative easy to follow despite having to cover simultaneous events happening within the French and English governments.
Mark Wilson
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A solid account

The author strives to place the battle of Trafalgar into its proper context, while also restoring credit to the mostly-forgotten Admiral Cornwallis. I found this clear, and solidly written. Recommended.
Lawrence Altomare
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

Had lots of background on the battle which actually made the book an excellent read. Had trouble putting the book down. Highly recommend.
Ray
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ponderous recounting....
Brian T. Scott
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Good read on an epic battle



I enjoyed the book. It is a little light on the actual battle. It is more involved with the politics of the time. But that is interesting as well.
Thomas Linson
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very complete portrayal, detailed geographic and logistical information.
EndeavourPress4
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is published by Endeavour Press.
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