The Battle of Quiberon Bay

   During the Seven Years War, the French had decided to mount an invasion of the British Isles. The French Navy, under Conflans, was ordered to escort the invasion flotilla....

Heart of Oak

     Heart of Oak is the official quick march past of the Royal Navy, and many Commonwealth Navies (including the Royal Canadian Navy). It was composed to...

HMS Dreadnought

     HMS Dreadnought came about thanks to the naval arms race between many countries at the turn of the 20th century. Admiral "Jacky" Fisher (Later Lord Kilverstone) had created a commitee at the...

Remembrance

    Being that Remembrance Day is fast approaching, I would like to take this time to honor the sacrifice of veterans from around the world. Men and women fought, on land, on the sea,...

The Battle of Trafalgar: October 21st 1805

   Today marks the 207th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. 4:15 pm commemorates the approximate time at which Lord Nelson died on the orlop deck of HMS Victory. Way back in 1805, Napoleon...

The Battle of Leipzig

   The Battle of Leipzig took place on 16-19 October 1813. This is the battle that I regard as the turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. Despite the disaster in...

Who Won the Battle of Jutland: Part 3 of 3

   In this part, I give you my impression of the battle of Jutland; which is that the British lost it. The British had grown to comfortable in their sense...

Who won the Battle of Jutland? Part 2 of 3

   The following is a British account of the Battle of Jutland. Next week I will feature my own take on events.

Who Won the Battle of Jutland? Part 1 of 3

   Post Captain is longer than I remember.   Here is a German sailor's account of the Battle of Jutland (May 31st 1916). Next week I will feature a...

The Battle Of Borodino

   I still haven't finished Post Captain, but this battle's 200th anniversary was on Sept. 7th, so I may as well do a post about it.   The Battle...

Landlocked Navies

   Sure, this is about modern navies, but I'm half way through Post Captain and I'm not ready to blog it yet. So here we go.   There are a...

The Battle of Dresden (1813)

   During the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon had just returned from Russia, and prepared to try and stop the advancing Allies of the Sixth Coalition in Saxony. He had ordered Marshal...

The Battle of Vimeiro

   After Wellington's (or at the time Sir Arthur Wellesley's) landing at Mondego Bay on 1 August 1808, he marched his army towards Lisbon. After narrowly winning at Rolica on...

A Few Things Before I Leave

    Reminder: This blog will be inactive from July 8th to August 17th 2012   So I leave on July 8th for a training course with the RCN...I would...

Naval Tactic: Cutting Out

   Cutting Out is an a naval tactic from the Age of Sail. It also was one of the most daring. Cutting Out involves removing a ship from anchor, and...

What if Napoleon Had Won Waterloo?

   Imagine this: If Napoleon had not been ill, and tactical command had not been given to Ney, it is likely that Napoleon would have attacked earlier in the morning....

Battle Profile: The Battle of Waterloo 18 June 1815

   On February 26th 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte slipped away from his island prison of Elba. He landed in France on March 1st with just 600 men. He marched on towards...

The Raid On The Medway

   During the winter of 1666-1667 (part of the Second Anglo Dutch War); King Charles II decided to lay up the fleet in dockyard. The British were becoming exhausted with...

The King's German Legion

´╗┐The King's German Legion was founded as a result of French occupation of...

HMS The Fort Diamond

Here is a story of one of the weirdest, and most effective warships ever. Off Martinique, there is a rocky...

Waterloo Gallery

Being that the 197th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is fast approaching, I have decided to do a few posts to help with the buildup. In this post,  I...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study in Naval Excellence: Part 6 (the End)

In final part I will cover Nelson during the Trafalgar Campaign. I will also chronicle his funeral. After the Battle of Copenhagen, Nelson spent some time ashore with Emma Hamilton,...

Wellington's Title's

I know I still haven't completed the Nelson series...and I promise the sixth and final part will be out tomorrow. But I haven't been doing much in the...

Admiral's Rank

I have decided to take a little break from the Nelson series to allow for some more writing time...so in the mean time I'll talk about the complex system of...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study In Naval Excellence: Part 5 (The Black Spot)

In this part, I will cover Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801) and his continued affair with Emma Hamilton. This part...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study in Naval Excellence: Part 4

In this part I will cover Nelson from the Battle of Cape St.Vincent to 13 August 1799. After the Battle of Cape St.Vincent in 1797, Nelson had lost his right...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study in Naval Excellence: Part 3

Part 3! In this part I will cover Nelson from the start of the French Revolutionary Wars (1789) to the Battle of Cape St.Vincent (1797). Aboard his new ship, HMS...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study in Naval Excellence (Part 2)

Part 2! In this part I will cover Nelson from 10 April 1777 to the start of the French Revolutionary Wars (1789). After Nelson had been promoted to Lieutenant he...

Horatio Nelson: A Case Study in Naval Excellence (Part 1)

Being that Nelson was one of the greatest military minds of all times, I have decided to break his story down into a few parts. This part (part 1) will...

The Great Napoleonic Turkey Shoot aka. The First Battle of Copenhagen

      This engagement should not even be called a battle. The Danish-Norwegians never had a chance; especially when faced with Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson (and his puppet on a string...