When French Vice Adm. Pierre de Villeneuve emerged from Cadiz with his 33 mammoth warships, Britain's Royal Navy awaited him with only 27, often smaller, ships of the line. But the British also had Lord Horatio Nelson.
This 1805 victory at sea against the Franco-Spanish fleet immortalized Lord Nelson and changed the course of world history.
At the twin villages of Aspern and Essling in the spring of 1809, Napoleon was prepared for battle with Austrian Archduke Charles. He was halfway across the Danube... and then came the flood tide!
Nadezhda Durova served gallantly in the Russian cavalry--then embarked on a literary career.
As was the case throughout the Napoleonic Wars, Waterloo saw its share of female participants -- and casualties.
Sir Thomas Cochrane: The British Naval Officer Who Proposed Saturation Bombing & Chemical Warfare During the Napoleonic Wars
During the Napoleonic Wars, a British naval officer believed that desperate times called for desperate measures -- so he proposed the use of saturation bombing and chemical warfare.
Horatio Nelson's two-column charge into the Franco-Spanish line was risky, but it won him the battle -- at the cost of his life.