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Battle of Trafalgar (Conway Compass) Hardcover – 30 Jul 2005

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd; First Edition edition (30 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851779794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851779799
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Martin Robson is a Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is the author of several works of maritime and naval history, including The Battle of Trafalgar, Lord Beresford and British Intervention in Portugal, 1807-1820 (with Malyn Newitt) and The Spitfire Pocket Manual.

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An Excellent Read! 26 Sept. 2005
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Format: Hardcover
There are a plethora of Trafalgar books out this year, so why do I recommend this one.

For starters it covers more than just the battle, the whole background to this famous battle is included. The author examines the plans fiendishly laid by the French Emperor Napoleon I for the invasion of Britain and Nelson's famous pursuit of the French fleet to the West Indies. Even more significant, the two 'forgotten' actions fought by Admirals Calder and Strachan are examined. In fact the author argues that it was Sir Robert Calder's fight with the French on 22 July 1805 - a full three months before Trafalgar - that was the decisive moment in defeating the French invasion threat. The book then goes onto examine the battle, and its aftermath.

Throughout the book the story is enlivened by key eye-witness accounts and documentary evidence. For those who wish to delve further, a useful guide to further reading is included.

The author's scholarly approach is nicely blended into an engaging style to make this book appeal to all those interested in this famous battle. I would describe this as an excellent source book, bringing all the major issues together in one convenient place.

It looks like this may be the first title in a series of books examining the big subjects in maritime history - if that is so it can only be commended.
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