‘Victory or Death’: Edged Weapons and Small Arms Relating to the Battle of Trafalgar in the National Maritime Museum

By Liza Verity, published May 2005


A brief survey of weapons that are directly or indirectly related to the battle of Trafalgar and which are held in the NMM collection. Described are the different types of edged weapons and firearms used by British, French and Spanish officers and sailors during the battle as well as presentation pieces. Also included are extracts from officers’ letters and diaries held by the NMM giving accounts of their participation in the battle and use of weapons as well as extracts relating to the treatment of gunshot wounds from 18th century medical books. The article includes a list of the twenty-three naval officers who received the Lloyds Patriotic Fund Trafalgar Sword.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Nelson
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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