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Friday, October 20, 2006

# Posted 9:57 AM by Patrick Porter  

THE CONFLICT WAS SEVERE; reported Vice Admiral Collingwood:

the enemy's ships were fought with a gallantry highly honourble to their officers, but the attack on them was irresistable, and it pleased the Almighty Disposer of all Events, to grant his Majesty's arms a complete and glorious victory.
To Oxbloggers on the British side of the pond, happy Trafalgar Day (tomorrow)!

But in a spirit of reconciliation, French readers will note that this year marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's victory at Jena-Auerstedt the following year.

Evidently, the 'Almighty Disposer of all Events' was keeping things interesting.

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Comments:
Jena-Auerstadt wasn't actually Napolean's victory in that the larger part of the battle was fought and won by Davout. If I recall correctly, this battle isn't one of the victories listed in his tomb.
 
I get chills when I read opposing officers complimenting each other's gallantry.
 
I quote comment of Peter Metcalfe.
 
5 Years Later, the anti Fwance blog reference!!!
 
Major Tom,

that's one of the stranger interpretations of an Oxblog post that I've read in some time.

Reread and reconsider,

Patrick
 
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