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A close-up on: Trafalgar, 21 October, 1805

 


 



On 21 October, 1805, the allied Franco-Spanish fleet under Admiral Villeneuve was 'annihilated' by the British fleet under Admiral Nelson. After four hours of particularly fierce fighting (indeed much fiercer than the British had expected) the French had had 15 ships captured (soon to be twenty), 3,499 killed or drowned, 1,138 wounded and 2,200 prisonniers, the Spanish had 1,050 killed (including the Admiral Gravina, commander of the Spanish Fleet) and 1,390 wounded. The British for their part had only 1,214 wounded and 449 killed, one of which was however Admiral Nelson, commander in chief of the British vessels.


 

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