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"Disaster at Abouker: Brueys' or Napoleon Fault?" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2018 9:21 p.m. PST

Guess who…(smile)

Free to read here

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Hope you enjoy!


21eRegt06 Apr 2018 3:59 a.m. PST

Napoleon understood nothing of naval considerations but I have always felt the ultimate responsibility is with the admiral.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

How can he desobey…?.

Nelson would do it…?


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2018 10:16 a.m. PST

Have to say – the fleet's disposition needs to be with the Admiral

Blutarski06 Apr 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

Well done, Armand. A very nice find indeed.

My verdict Brueys was at fault in a multiplicity of ways.

He knew Nelson was at sea looking for him, yet he failed to detail any of his frigates as offshore scouts to give distant warning of a British approach.

He apparently never gave any thought until the very last possible moment as to how he would fight a battle. His ultimate decision to fight at anchor was only signaled to his command an hour or two before the British entered Aboukir Bay. No thought was given to anchoring is ships in close mutually supporting order; his ships were all anchored at safe distances from one another in the conventional manner; no attention was paid to close up the head of the French line to the edge of the non-navigable shallows; no ships had springs on their anchor cables to manage the bearing of their gun batteries. To add insult to injury, Brueys had been present at the Battle of St Kitts (1782) and witnessed the very same sort of tactical arrangements successfully employed by the British Admiral Hood to fight his squadron at anchor against DeGrasse's superior French force. Brueys was IMO a man very much out of his professional depth. A more competent French commander could have made a much better resistance.


Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Apr 2018 11:07 p.m. PST

Napoleon's errors were strategic, Brueys' mistakes were tactical; reversing the former might have prevented the battle from ever happening, but the latter ensured that the battle was lost.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)

At least… he died as a trully Naval Officer….


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