The battle of Trafalgar

Sam Willis describes the 1805 British naval victory and challenges misconceptions about the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon

Clash between the English Temeraire and the French Redoutable ships during the Battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Historian Sam Willis describes the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets, while challenging misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon

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