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This ebook is purpose built and is proof-read and re-type set from the original to provide an outstanding experience of reflowing text for an ebook reader. When Admiral Mahan, passed away in 1914, his ideas and thoughts lived on in his writings, which spanned the naval strategy of his own times and the lessons learnt from history. They are still read at the modern naval academies and the ideas permeate the teachings at Annapolis. A flag officer in the U.S. Navy who fought during the American civil war for the Union forces, his works have gained a fame that makes him the foremost of the naval historians of the late 1800’s. Of enduring interest is his two volume history of Horatio Nelson, the hero of the Royal Navy and the battle of Trafalgar. An epic and tragic figure in age that abounds with them, the victor of Trafalgar who never lived past that day to see his fame endure is a favourite for biographies, however few are as balanced and detailed as Mahan’s. The second volume of the biography focuses on the years 1800 to 1805, which were an exceptionally trying and busy time for all Royal Navy officers, but also pivotal to Nelson’s development and led to his masterful action at Trafalgar. Nelson’s role in the pre-emptive strike at the Danish fleet at Copenhagen, and his anger nearly boils over with superiors who he considers not forward-thinking or aggressive enough in what was a conservative arm of the forces. Nelson’s life at home is not ignored or passed over and his life with Lady Hamilton and their daughter Horatia are covered although in less details than modern biographies. Finally the epic, tragic and brilliant battle of Trafalgar which ended the French hopes of global dominance by sea but also Nelson’s life. Includes Linked Table of Contents. Illustrations – Vice Admiral Nelson, Vice Admiral Nelson, Vice Admiral Hyde-Parker, H.M ships Agamemnon, Captain, Vanguard, Elephant and Victory, Admiral Collingwood, Meeting of Nelson and Wellington, Vice Admiral Lord Nelson, Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy, Horatia (22 year old). Maps – Baltic and approaches, Battle of Copenhagen (2 maps), English channel and North Sea, Sardinia, North Atlantic, Plans of attack of the French and Spanish fleets (2 plans), Plan for the battle of Trafalgar (2 plans), The attack of Trafalgar. Text taken, whole and complete, from the 1897 FIRST edition published in London by SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, & COMPANY, Original 423 pages. Author – Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan 27/09/2010 – 01/12/1914

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