PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON – NAVY
In my opinion, 1st Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was the greatest admiral of all time. The man was truly amazing! He revolutionized battle tactics for 18th and 19th Century fleets. Viscount Horatio Nelson was fearless and enjoyed the fierce loyalty of his officers and seamen. During his career he suffered numerous wounds, including the loss of an eye and an arm. Nelson is best-known for the sea battles St. Vincent (1797), The Nile (1798), and, of course, Trafalgar (1805). Trafalgar was, perhaps his most famous sea battle, where ships from France and Spain greatly outnumbered the British, and Nelson lost his life to a French sharpshooter. Nelson gained additional fame during the Battle of Trafalgar for the signal that he sent to his fleet before the action began, “England expects that every man will do his duty.”
One particular incident I remember about Nelson highlights his fighting spirit. At the Battle of Copenhagen, Nelson was second-in-command for the British Navy’s forces. His superior ordered Nelson to withdraw, which was relayed to him by an aide. Nelson held his spy glass up to his blind eye and said “I see no such signal.” He continued the fight and the battle was won. You have to love a leader who constantly put himself at the forefront of hostilities and inspired his men to give their best. That, my dear readers, is what leadership is all about!
This color postcard shows Nelson in uniform with a breast star.