Roy and Lesley Adkins are historians whose books include Trafalgar, Jack Tar and Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History.
On 21st October 1805, relying on the skill of his highly trained crews, the legendary Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson risked his 27 battleships against the powerful combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar. He wanted a decisive battle, and the result was five furious hours of incredible violence. Tragically, Nelson was killed and hundreds of other lives were lost, but Napoleon’s dream of invading Britain was dashed.
The Royal Navy warships then fought another hard battle for survival, as hurricane-force winds drove them towards the treacherous Spanish coast. The storm claimed many more lives, and most of the captured ships were wrecked or escaped to Cadiz.
Roy and Lesley will give an illustrated overview of the battle and storm, highlighting the pivotal role of Gibraltar – including the hospital, prisoners-of-war and the Gibraltar Chronicle’s scoop in publishing the first report of the Battle of Trafalgar.