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What was the date of the battle of Trafalgar?
21st October 1805
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Why was the French navy bad?
It was bad because it lacked investment in dockyard facilities, had lost many of its officers by 1792, and crew had low morale, low experience because they were blockaded by Royal Navy.
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Why was the Royal Navy (British) good?
Lots of investment, good and experienced commanders, (Horatio) Nelson had bold battle plans, and the crew were fast/accurate
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Who were the Royal Navy opposing at Trafalgar?
The French and the Spanish
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What happened in most battles in previous years?
No decisive victory - both sides lost big numbers, and victory rarely involved capturing lots of enemy ships
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What was the battle plan?
The plan was to 'rake' (go behind and shoot through the enemy's rear, then engaging in a melee battle with grape shots.
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What was the 'grape shot'?
It was a shot which delivered a cluster of golf-ball sized cannons into densely packed crews
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What was the outcome of the battle?
A decisive victory for the Royal Navy. 22 French/Spanish ships were captured with no British ships lost.
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How was Nelson killed?
Nelson was killed when an enemy sniper on board the French ship 'Redoubtable' managed to shoot him.
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Why was the French navy bad?

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It was bad because it lacked investment in dockyard facilities, had lost many of its officers by 1792, and crew had low morale, low experience because they were blockaded by Royal Navy.

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