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On This Day… The Battle Of Trafalgar

Written by: George Chittenden : 09 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 21st Oct, back in 1805 when one of the most important sea battles in history took place, The Battle of Trafalgar. During the Napoleonic wars, the British imposed a naval blockade on France, which affected trade and kept the French from fully mobilising their naval resources and launching a full-scale invasion of England, but a battle was inevitable.

On this day, twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory, who even then was a living legend in the Royal Navy, took on the combined French and Spanish fleet of thirty-three ships! Outgunned and outmanned the Royal Navy fought like dogs and were victorious.

Admiral Nelson

Admiral Nelson

Tragically though their leader Lord Nelson was shot during the battle by a French sniper and died, but not before he’d conclusively ended French plans to invade England. It was the Royal Navy’s most famous triumph and it confirmed a long tradition of naval supremacy.

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