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SCHOM, Alan. Trafalgar : Countdown to Battle 1803-1805. London : Michael Joseph, (1990). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-ix,(1),-421,(1) + 24 pages of plates. Maps in text. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. With map end-papers.
Alan Schom (b. 1937, Sterling, Illinois).
A portrait of Nelson's apotheosis painted on a broad canvas, considering in detail the plans of both British and French, and situating the battle in the context of the contemporary cultures of each nation.
"The battle of Trafalgar is arguably England's most famous naval victory; Admiral Lord Nelson her most revered naval hero. Yet the battle of 21st October 1805 was not simply an isolated feat on Nelson's part. part. It actually began two years earlier in the summer of 1803, when Napoleon Bonaparte issued orders for the creation of an army and flotilla destined to invade England. That invasion was finally successfully thwarted, thanks to the brilliant strategy and remarkable perseverance of Admiral Sir William Cornwallis and his blockading Channel Fleet. This achievement Cornwallis - the unsung hero - capped by creating and despatching the fleet that enabled Nelson to defeat the French.
These facts have until now been ignored by historians. In a remarkable piece of historical detection Alan Schom has tapped previously unexplored archival material in both France and England to present Trafalgar in its true historic scope and context
Trafalgar brings to life the huge war effort on wotn sides of the Channel. Napoleon devoted two years of his life to the creation of the greatest invasion force and concentration of coastal artillery ever seen in European history until then, in the course of which he brought his country to the verge of bankruptcy. Upon assuming office as Frime Minister in May 1804, William Pitt countered this unparalleled threat with a drive to Held a large army while rearming and reinvigorating the demoralised Navy.
The extraordinary personalities involved - politicians admirals, generals, French, English, Dutch, Spanish - paint (largely through their own words) a vivid and revealing portrait not only of themselves but of the colourful age in which they lived. Culminating in a masterly description of the decisive battle and Nelson's majestic funeral, Trafalgar is a work of great power and originality that combines a weaitn ol detail with a strong dramatic sense and powerful narrative drive." - from the dj.
1. "The Fate of the Universe'
2. 'Our King! Our Country! And Our God!'
3. Building an Armada;
4. Invasion Preparations
5. 'The Safety of the Country Will Never be at Hazard';
6. The Politics of War;
7. Stepping up Operations;
8. 'As Many Tricks as a Monkey';
9. Phantom Fleets;
10. The Last Homecoming;
12. 'A Pell-Mell Battle";
13. A State Funeral.
1. Chronology of Events;
2. Biographical Sketches;
With Notes and sources and index.
Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 27.00
Title: Trafalgar : Countdown to Battle 1803-1805. First British Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Michael Joseph, 1990,: 1990
ISBN Number: 0718131991
ISBN Number 13: 9780718131999
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