The battle of Trafalgar has now passed into national mythology. The expertise, courage, determination and confidence which gave Britain a victory of spectacular finality in October 1805 also provided her with one of her great legendary figures - a naval hero in life but much more like a national, if very secular, saint in death. However, like the noise and smoke of battle, legends have a habit of obscuring facts and, having embodied themselves in popular imagination, are transcribed to the history books. Captain Bennett was, for many years, a serving officer in the Royal Navy as well as being one of the most highly regarded naval historians of his time. He sets the battle in the context of the world-wide struggle against Napoleon, describes the ships, their crews and the tactics of the action. In his scholarly but immensely readable account of the battle he discusses the preparatory manoeuvres and the mechanics of naval warfare in the age of sail. He illustrates the text with many diagrams.
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Captain Geoffrey Bennett RN (1909-1983) served in the Royal Navy from 1923 until 1958. during which time he was Naval Attaché in Moscow, Warsaw and Helsinki between 1953 and 1955. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and much-acclaimed author of Coronel and the Falklands, The Battle of Jutland, Naval Battles of the First World War, Nelson the Commander, The Battle of the River Plate and The Battle of Trafalgar and Naval Battles of World War Two (both Pen & Sword Military Classics ).Review:
Overall, Robson has crafted an exceptional book on the battle, with about everything you'd want from a Trafalgar book. (Paper Wars)
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Book Description Pen and Sword, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1844151077
Book Description Pen and Sword, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111844151077
Book Description Pen & Sword, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. illustrated edition. 256 pages. 7.25x5.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1844151077