October 21st 1805 – Shortly after dawn the British Fleet advanced in two columns.
Admiral Nelson sent a signal to his fleet ‘Engage the enemy more closely.’
The Victory closed in…its battery of cannon firing.
At 1.15pm, from Redoubtable, a French a musket ball struck Nelson.
His wound would be fatal.
Continuing to follow Nelson’s plan of attack, the British gained control of the battle… the Combined Fleet surrendered or withdrew.
By 4.30pm three thousand French and Spanish sailors lay dying beside five hundred British.
Nelson had won. His last words being, ‘Thank God I have done my duty.’