„When I am without orders and unexpected occurrences arrive I shall always act as I think the honour and glory of my King and Country demand. But in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.“

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The Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

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officier britannique 1758 - 1805

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