Nelson's Battles: The Art of Victory in the Age of Sail

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From Nelson's first great victory at the battle of the Nile in 1798 to his final battle at Trafalgar, which played such an important role in Napoleon's defeat, this book carefully examines all of the British here's victories at sea.
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Overview

From Nelson's first great victory at the battle of the Nile in 1798 to his final battle at Trafalgar, which played such an important role in Napoleon's defeat, this book carefully examines all of the British here's victories at sea.
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Tracy (history, U. of New Brunswick) is a specialist in naval warfare especially during the age of sail. He presents an account of British Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's (1758-1805) military career that should please Nelson fans and readers new to or old in the naval warfare. He reviews Nelson's early career and the British navy's position and strategy; describes the contemporary guns, ships, and battle tactics; then offers blow-by-blows of the Cape St. Vincent and the Nile, Copenhagen, and Trafalgar campaigns. Highly illustrated with contemporary black-and-white drawings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840673579
  • Publisher: Caxton Editions
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Pt. I Nelson and Sea Power 8
Nelson's Early Career 17
Sea Power 24
Britain's Naval Strategy 29
Operational Strategy 35
Nelson - the Diplomat Sailor 37
Pt. II Guns, Ships and Battle Tactics 38
The Ship of the Line 39
Signals and Instructions 49
The Line of Battle 52
Growth of the Tactical Tradition 56
The Order of Battle 61
Lessons of Battle - The early eighteenth century 63
Tactical Development during Nelson's Early Service 70
Actions of the American Theatre of the War 77
Clerk of Eldin 82
Revolutionary Tactics 83
The Glorious First of June 87
Telegraphic Signals 91
Pt. III Cape St Vincent and The Nile 93
Tenerife 102
Camperdown 103
The Nile Campaign 105
Nelson's Tactics 109
The Battle of the Nile 111
Tarnishing Glory 122
Pt. IV Copenhagen 127
The Baltic Force Assembles 129
The 'Gunboat' Phase 133
Nelson's Tactics 137
The Battle 145
Truce 150
Command-in-Chief 153
Home 154
Pt. V Trafalgar 157
Napoleon's Invasion Directives 161
Trafalgar Deployment 163
Nelson Takes Command 166
Contact 170
Nelson's Tactics 175
Villeneuve's Tactics 180
Deployment 182
Into Battle 184
The Leeward Column 187
The Windward Column 191
Nelson's Death 197
Victory followed by Storm 199
Battle Reports 205
Epilogue 211
Further Reading and Abbreviations 219
Index 221
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