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Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson

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Seize the Fire consists of three interwoven story lines: the battle itself; an overview of the social structures of the combatants; and a discussion of the officer class of the British navy. The book is structured as a chronological narrative of the preparations for and the battle itself on October 21, 1805. Chapters are set up to cover specific time periods during the day. The narrative of the battle is straightforward. Nicolson provides a description of the fleets and the morale of their crews. Nicolson provides a good general overview of vessel construction and operation in the age of sail. By the time battle is joined I had sufficient background information to follow the course of the battle itself. I was not prepared for was the sheer carnage of Trafalgar decribed by Nicolson. If war is hell, 19th-century naval battles must be set at one of its lower levels.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date published: 2005 - 1st Edition

Format: Hardback with dust jacket - remainder mark on bottom edge and minor edge wear to dust jacket