The Battle of Trafalgar was to witness both the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s plans to invade Britain, and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson. It was never going to be any ordinary battle, and quickly acquired a heightened, almost magical, reality.
During the engagement at Trafalgar, on 21 October 1805, the Royal Navy annihilated the greatest threat to British security for 200 years, but lost Britain’s national hero in the process. Little wonder the battle transcended the mundane calculation of ships and men, victory and defeat. It guaranteed Britain’s control of the oceans, the basis of her global power for over a century.
By 1805 Nelson was already a national hero, and considered the ultimate naval commander. His elevated conception of war ensured that every battle he fought was used to solve major strategic problems, and his many successes ensured he was the only contemporary to rival Bonaparte as ultimate exemplar of total war. Nor did Bonaparte disagree – he kept a bust of Nelson in his private quarters.
Nelson developed the art of war at sea to the new, terrible form he characterised as ‘annihilation’ to counter the war effort of Napoleonic France. He did so by taking the command system of Admiral Sir John Jervis, the tough old officer who taught him how to keep a fleet efficient, and melding it with the genius for battle and strategy he developed while serving under Admiral Lord Hood.
Nelson used this combination of strategic flair and practical management to help Britain survive the 22 year struggle with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
Join us on Friday 18th October 2019 at a dinner to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Rear Admiral Chris Hockley CBE, a former Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. Rear Admiral Hockley is the CEO of The MacRobert Trust, which is located in Tarland, Aberdeenshire. The MacRobert Trust is a charity with a country house hotel, a care home for former RAF Personnel, extensive gardens and an estate of over 7000 acres of woodland and farmland.
A silent auction will be held at this dinner in aid of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.
The RSC Trafalgar Night Dinner is a black tie event, mess kit and decorations can be worn where appropriate. The evening will begin with a glass of champagne on arrival followed by a 3 course dinner with wine. To book a place please click here or contact Lauren on 0131 525 6157.