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Napoleonic War Articles
The Grande Armee of 1812 in Russia
The Master's Misstep
Trafalgar Remembered

Battle of Trafalgar Articles
Trafalgar Remembered
by Nitin K. Shankar

The sea battle of Trafalgar fought in 1805 is strongly linked to memories of my school history lessons in 1951, a visit to the HMS Victory in Portsmouth in 1957 and a day spent in Cadiz in 1987.  My school history book described the victor of the battle, Horatio Nelson, as a 'weak and sickly child' who distinguished himself through great personal courage and went on to become the Royal Navy's greatest admirals. It was the combination of Nelson's puny appearance and daring that inspired me to read more about him. Born in 1758, Nelson entered the Royal Navy at the age of 12. He passed his lieutenant's exam more than a year under the official age in 1777 and was made post-captain at the age of 21. His youthfulness stood out and even the Prince of Wales, who was then a young midshipman on board Admiral Samuel Hood's flagship, the Barfleur, noticed Nelson. The future King William IV described Nelson as 'the merest boy of a captain I ever beheld.'
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Recommended Reading

Trafalgar: Countdown to Battle, 1803-1805

Decision at Trafalgar

For God and Glory: Lord Nelson and His Way of War

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