The Building of the British Empire

The Building of the British Empire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Nile. They lay close to the shore in a line protected by shoals, and guarded at either end by gunboats and batteries. Nelson, whose squadron numbered thirteen ships of the line and one frigate, decided on an immediate attack. With the eye of genius he saw that his chance was to thrust his ships between the French line and the shore. His flag-ship led the way, all the others following except the Culloden, which groundedi in the operation. A tremendous and overwhelming fire was at once opened upon the French van, to which they could reply only at great disadvantage, Nelson's unexpected attack and startling manoeuvre finding them altogether unprepared. " At twenty-eight minutes past six," wrote Nelson, " the sun in the horizon, the firing commenced. At five minutes past ten, when the Orient blew up, having burnt seventy minutes, the six van ships had surrendered." Three more sail of the line were subsequently captured, while two others and two frigates were destroyed. Only two sail of the line and two frigates escaped. Many of the French ships were much superior to the English, while the flag-ship, L'Orient, which carried a hundred and twenty guns, was regarded as equal to any two of the English. A more brilliant and decisive victory is not to be found in the annals of the British Navy, and the effect it produced throughout Europe was prodigious. This crushing blow was followed, in 1801, by the defeat of the land army of Egypt by General Abercrombie, and the ejection of the French from the country three months later. Thus Bonaparte's insidious project of attacking British power in the East from this base was brought to grief; while, at the same time, Wellesley's military skill and rapidity...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818849
  • 9781236818843