In detail: The Battle of Trafalgar
'The Nelson Touch'

Tactics in sea battles at this time usually involved opposing fleets forming parallel lines and firing broadsides at each other.

At Trafalgar, Nelson split his fleet in two and sailed at right angles into the French and Spanish line, seeking to split it up, as illustrated in this contemporary print (left).

Dubbed 'The Nelson Touch' by Nelson himself, the tactic - also known as 'crossing the T' - was not new but had never been used as a deliberate battle plan before.

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