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Old Oct 21st 2015, 06:10 PM
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Default Happy Trafalgar Day

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On 21 October 1805, the Royal Navy clashed with the Combined French and Spanish fleet at Cape Trafalgar, off the coast of Spain. The battle had massive repercussions for Napoleon's France and the future of the British Empire.
Here's a cool little animated graphic that shows how the battle was fought.

Battle of Trafalgar

One true long term effect of this battle was that it completely ruined Napoleon's plan to invade Russia, though Napoleon of course didn't realize it at the time. Fact is, supplying a huge army 1000 miles inside Russia from France with only horse-drawn transportation was essentially impossible. Napoleon needed to send supply ships into the Baltic, but that was totally impossible because of the Royal Navy victory at Trafalgar.

Btw, Nelson's victory at Trafalgar didn't 'save' England from a Napoleonic invasion. Napoleon was no more able to realistically launch an invasion of Britain than Hitler was. In both cases, they were aspirational invasion plans that failed miserably in the planning stage, but served political-propaganda purposes.
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