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NELSON'S MEDITERRANEAN COMMAND

DENIS ORDE    Book Number: 82333    Product format: Paperback

Facsimile reprint in softback of the 1997 original published by Pen & Sword Maritime Books. The book covers the most dramatic period of British naval history. In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte, who was all but Master of Europe, assembled a formidable expeditionary force at Toulon. While its purpose was unknown, there was every reason to believe that Great Britain was its destination and the Nation was on Invasion Alert. The overwhelming British priority was to assemble a powerful fleet to be despatched to the Mediterranean with the aim of destroying the French force before it set sail. The burning issue was which of four distinguished Royal Naval Flag Officers should command this vital mission? The strong field in order of seniority was Admiral the Earl St Vincent, Rear Admirals Sir William Parker, Sir John Orde and Sir Horatio Nelson. The choice of Nelson who went on to win the Battle of Nice provoked anger and even a challenge by Orde for a duel, only prevented by the King's intervention. The acrimonious relationship erupted in the months before the Battle of Trafalgar and this is well documented by this descendant of Sir John Orde, the author, who reveals the infighting and rivalry within the highest ranks of the Royal Navy. In doing so he throws fresh light on Nelson's controversial rise to pre-eminence and immortal fame. Superbly researched history. 228pp in softback, illustrated.
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ISBN 9781783462902
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