Chapter One The Battle of Trafalgar was a pivotal battle in the Napoleonic Wars. On October 21, 1805, Napoleon sent his best naval commander Pierre Charles Villeneuve, while the British sent the legendary commander Horatio Nelson. Spanish ships came to support the French. In total, this combined fleet was greater than that of the British. However, both sides had an approximately equal chance of victory. The British ships were greater and better than the Franco-Spanish ones. However, Nelson was planning some revolutionary new tactics. Nelson's plan was to divide the Franco-Spanish fleet into three. In addition, he organized his fleet into several lines. These revolutionary ideas could very well play out into a British victory if successfully carried out. However, if his technique failed, the French under Villeneuve would almost certainly win. At Trafalgar, Nelson could see many French and Spanish ships. His people were set up in their lines. However, the Franco-Spanish fleet was refusing to break up. Nelson brought his fleet into a melee formation. However, ships were being destroyed. The British were losing the battle. France at last was defeating the British at sea. The British were being annihilated. The remains of their fleet was forced to return to Britain. Nelson himself was killed in the battle. An invasion of Britain was now imminent. At the least, Britain would be knocked out of the war. They could only hope that Napoleon would offer the olive branch.