by Geoffrey Bennett
1st. edition published 1972 by B. T. Batsford Ltd., London.
Price £11.00 plus Postage
UK Small parcel
Airmail World Zone 1.
Airmail World Zone 2
Burgandy cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering to spine in at least VERY GOOD condition. Page-block top edge dyed to complement binding; chart end papers unmarked and pages pristine throughout.
Dust wrapper is price-clipped and in VERY GOOD condition with very few signs of shelf wear, In protective sleeve.
An extremely nice copy
322 pages: 160 mm. x 230 mm. x 31 mm.
Weight unwrapped 724 grm. - Weight wrapped for postage <1 kilo
Postage prices correct from April 2013 until RM hike up the price again!
NELSON THE COMMANDER
Did Nelson really earn the fame and honour that history has heaped on him? Did his strategy match his tactical skill? What were his qualities -not those that won him Emma Hamilton and the hearts of his fellow countrymen, but as a sea commander? These are some of the questions to which Geoffrey Bennett seeks an answer in this the first full-length study to be written by a professional naval officer since Mahan’s classic Life was published 75 years ago.
Besides being a distinguished historian, whose writings include the standard volume Naval Battles of the First World War, Captain Bennett served in the Royal Navy for 35 years, with the rare experience of crewing a replica of a sailing ship-of-the-line. He is therefore well qualified to describe the great age of fighting sail, its ships and weapons and how they were manned, and the strategy and tactics of the Napoleonic wars. He analyses Nelson’s campaigns and battles, his failures at Teneriffe and Boulogne being set beside his triumphs at Cape St Vincent, the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar. Nor does the author minimize the consequences of Nelson’s passion for Emma Hamilton - the judicial murder of Caracciola and disobedience of orders so flagrant that he was ordered to strike his flag. And for the first time his failure to cooperate with Admiral Ushakov is fully documented from papers of the Russian Commander-in-Chief recently published in Moscow.
Complete with 66 paintings, engravings, drawings and specially prepared maps, this biography of the greatest of naval commanders will be as warmly welcomed by the general reader as by the student of history.
List of Illustrations
ii. Neptune’s Cradle
iv. The Fleet in which He served
v. First Steps to Glory
vi. Aboukir Bay
viii. To the Baltic
ix. Boulogne and Merton
x. A Long Watch and a Long Chase
xi. Cape Trafalgar
Notes on the Plates
Background adapted from the cover of Christopher Lloyd's 'St. Vinvent and Camperdown.'"