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a significant offensive advantage over the English. The English had to make up their deficit through rate of fire. G.L Newham affirms that Nelson’s second in command, Collingwood “was accustomed to tell them (the crew), that if they could fire three well-directed broadsides in five minutes, no vessel could resist them; and, from constant practise, they were enabled to do so in three minutes and a half.” The French and the Spanish were considerably slower than the English due to the combined fleets being blockaded in port for months without training. The combined fleet was only able to fire one broadside every four to five minutes. Nelson stated that he sought a “pell mell battle”, which is a close-range, chaotic fight won through superior British gunnery, rather than not necessarily tactical advantage achievd through manuevering. In order to justify Nelson’s aggressive tactics, one must understand the British naval culture. Undoubtedly, the British took the initiative in the Battle of Trafalgar, sailing directly towards the combined fleet. Tactics simply were not the driving factor of the attack. The confidence to launch a “mad perpendicular attack” greatly contributed to the decisive victory. In fact, virtually every naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars between the British and the French was instigated by the British. On a global scale, Britain was a maritime nation and aggression was necessary to avoid a French land invasion. If the British navy could not prevent an invasion, the bitish army was unlikely tocould not repel the invader. Britain also needed to maintain extensive trade routes and colonies stretching from the New World, to Indo-China, relying on the Royal Navy’s ability to swiftly and effectively protect such a vast network. Clowes calculates that during the Napoleonic Wars, Britain captured 634 French ships compared to the France’s 143. This culture of aggression in the navy, according to Lord William Laird Clowes permitted Britain to command such a vast empire. N.A.M Roger agrees with this assertion, stating that “British officers encountered opponents who expected to be attacked, and more than half expected to be beaten.” Britain was consistently capturing and sinking French ships, lowering the French navy’s morale and creating an attitude of expected defeat.>