Ben Wilson

The Calm and The Storm

Nelson: The Sword of Albion


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At midnight on 16 August 1801, boats from Nelson’s squadron launched a daring attack on Napoleon’s invasion flotilla at Boulogne. The plan depended upon surprise, however, and when the British were spotted, the Royal Navy’s officers and men were mown down by the French shore batteries. The boats returned to Nelson badly mauled and stained with blood. 

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