Philip II of Spain, Napoleon and Kaiser Wilhelm all took up this challenge. On each occasion Britain found herself on the verge of conquest. And yet each time the navy went out to meet the foe and returned victorious. The Spanish invasion force that accompanied the Armada perished in the Channel and the North Sea. At Trafalgar Nelson destroyed Napoleon's capacity to mount an invasion. And at Jutland, Jellicoe's fleet so terrified the German Kaiser that he ordered his ships to remain in port.
Three great naval battles. Each a decisive and overwhelming victory. Each forcing a turning point in a war. Each, if lost, would have had disastrous consequences for Britain.
But which was Britain's greatest victory?
This brilliant short book by one the country's leading naval historians examines each battle, placing the conflict in its historical context, explaining how the battle came about and why the Royal Navy succeeded in driving off the enemy fleet.
It provides a fresh perspective for naval historians, and a brilliant concise introduction to the key turning points in our naval history for the general reader.
Richard Freeman graduated in mathematics before following a career in distance education. He now writes on naval history. His other books include 'The Great Edwardian Naval Feud'.
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