… Trafalgar Day. It was the decisive battle of the era: almost a full ten years before Waterloo it sealed Napoleon’s fate. His “continental” strategy could never work, no matter how
well brilliantly he might fight on land ~ and just weeks later he would win at Austerlitz in a battle that is still studied closely for the absolute genius of his tactics ~ he had failed to match the British in only theatre that mattered because the British could and did blockade Europe, completely thus denying Bonaparte the ‘peace and prosperity’ that he needed and forcing him to keep fighting, seeking to expand in search of something that might work … nothing did.
Nelson is, rightfully, remembered as one of Britains and the world’s great commanders: audacious, brave, charismatic and supremely skilled at the business at hand.