GEOFFREY BENNETT    Book Number: 87377    Product format: Paperback

One of the renowned Pen & Sword Military Classics first published in 1972 and here in paperback reprint. Two centuries after his death, does Nelson still deserve his reputation as one of the world's great commanders? His triumphs have so caught the public imagination that his failures are barely remembered. His only victorious battle at sea was Trafalgar (at Copenhagen and the Nile he destroyed ships at anchor), while his infatuation with Emma Hamilton, his role in the judicial murder of the Neapolitan Commodore Caracciolo, and his flagrant disobedience of orders brought him disgrace and dishonour. Yet this was the man who, in an age when the Royal Navy thrived on 'rum, sodomy and the lash' turned his captains into a 'Band of Brothers' and whose death brought tears to the eyes of the toughest sailor. From the foreword: "We look back at the standards of conduct and sense of purpose and duty of this small frail man, so that they may serve as an inspiration to us and our successors." As an expression of the nation's gratitude at the time of Horatio Nelson's death, Parliament voted an annuity of £5,000 to his heirs in perpetuity (discontinued 1945). 322pp in paperback with maps and many illustrations and line art.
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ISBN 9781844153077
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