Nelson the Commander

Nelson the Commander

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Geoffrey Bennett served in the royal navy for 35 years and had the unusual experience of crewing a replica ship-of-the-line: he is therefore well qualified to describe the great age of fighting sail, its ships and weapons and how they were manned, and the strategy and tactics of the napoleonic wars. His analysis of nelson's campaigns and battles is the first by a professional naval officer since that of Admiral Mahan in 1897. Captain Bennett sets Nelson's failures at Tenerife and Boulogne against his triumphs at Cape St Vincent, the Nile, Copenhagen, and Trafalgar. He does not minimize the consequences of Nelson's passion for Emma Hamilton - the judicial murder of Caracciolo and such a flagrant disregard for orders that he was made to strike his flag.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 26mm | 405g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 45 b&w illustrations, line illustrations, 2 maps, index, bibliography
  • 0141391294
  • 9780141391298

Table of contents

Dialectic; Neptune's Cradle; Ship-of-the-Line; the fleet in which he served; first steps to glory; Aboukir Bay; Emma; to the Baltic; Boulogne and Merton; a long watch and a long chase; Cape Trafalgar; legacy.
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About Geoffrey Bennett

Captain Geoffrey Bennett RN (1909-1983) served in the Royal Navy from 1923 until 1958, during which time he was for three years Naval Attache in Moscow. He is the author of several distinguished books on the history of naval warfare, including The Battle of Jutland, Coronel and the Falklands, The Battle of the River Plate and Navalbattles of the First World War which is also published in Penguin Classic Military History.
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