Admiral Lord Nelson's decisive victory over the combined fleets of France and Spain on 21 October 1805 remains one of the greatest naval triumphs in history. Off Cape Trafalgar, 27 British ships met a larger Franco-Spanish force. The 'Nelson Touch' prevented the front third of the Franco-Spanish fleet from engaging and brought on a battle with the remainder. The five-hour battle resulted in a glorious victory for Nelson but at the cost of his own life. This book examines the tactics used by both sides in this history of the battle that secured British Naval dominance for the next century.
Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley (BA), the University of Chicago (MA) and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.). He is the author of 'The French Revolutionary Wars', 'The Peninsular War' and 'The Fall of the French Empire, 1813-1815'. He is currently co-editing the four-volume 'Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War'. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986, and she has established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations are sought after by collectors worldwide. She has had work selected for the Laing Land and Seascape Exhibition 2000 at the Mall, and the Not the Royal Academy Exhibition 2000 at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery.
Introduction; Chronology; Opposing Commanders; Opposing Fleets; Opposing Plans; The Trafalgar campaign; Aftermath; The Battlefield Today; Bibliography; Index