Counterpoint to Trafalgar: the Anglo-Russian invasion of by William H. Flayhart

By William H. Flayhart

Counterpoint to Trafalgar deals the 1st designated account of the $64000 land and sea crusade within the Napoleonic wars: the Anglo-Russian invasion of Naples, which avoided Napoleon from controlling the Mediterranean through the battle of the 3rd coalition. Flayhart recounts the intriguing tale of the chaotic efforts of the joint British and Russian army strength throughout the invasion of southern Italy.  In 1805 Napoleonic France and nice Britain have been locked in a naval duel for maritime supremacy. A British army excursion used to be despatched to the Mediterranean to maintain the independence of Naples. becoming a member of with a Russian military troop close by, the mixed forces invaded southern Italy on the way to position allied troops among the French within the north and Naples within the south. the 2 nice convoys sporting greater than 20,000 Russian and British troops used to be too nice a prize for Napoleon to disregard, and the emperor ordered the French fleet to go into the Mediterranean and spoil the troopships. the resultant conflict turned referred to as the conflict of Trafalgar.  

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Marquis de Talleyrand's diplomatic abilities were tested to their fullest in reassuring London about Paris's objectives. "37 Talleyrand gave his "word of honor" to Whitworth that the First Consul had absolutely no desire to interfere in the affairs of Egypt. "38 Whitworth pointedly informed Talleyrand that London was willing to carry out the treaty in 34. Napoleon Bonaparte, Correspondence de Napoleon I, ed. Henry Plon and J. Dumaine (Paris, 1863), August 29, 1802, letter no. 6276, vol. 8, 910; September 4, 1802, letter no.

Philip K.  . a dynasty of slaves, slaves of varied races and nationalities forming a military oligarchy in an alien land" (p. " The Ottoman pasha (governor) sent from Constantinople exercised little authority by 1800. 36. Thiers, Consulate, 1: 486. 37. Whitworth to Hawkesbury, February 7, 1803; Browning, England and Napoleon in 1803, 6165. 38. Ward and Gooch, Foreign Policy, 1: 315. Page 13 regard to Malta until the Sabastiani report was published but that serious delays were now to be expected.

The First Consul put on a show that no observer ever forgot. In front of the entire diplomatic community Bonaparte loudly took Whitworth to task by accusing the British government of trumpeting untruths and fomenting war. After an exchange that left the diplomatic corps "mute with astonishment and fear," Bonaparte slammed out of the room with a final word for Whitworth: "We shall be fighting in two weeks. "52 Whitworth handled himself during the tirade with commendable tact in spite of the not inconsiderable humiliation.

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