Nelson is wounded today in 1797
On the 24th July 1797 Admiral Horatio Nelson was shot in the right arm by a musket ball while fighting the Spanish off Tenerife.
He realised he must lose the arm, so got back to his Flagship. He refused help in boarding by saying: “I have got my legs left and one arm.” He took himself below decks to have the surgeon remove it. Half an hour later he was back in his cabin writing orders with his left arm.
It was his second wound. The first he received in 1794, while his Squadron was besieging Corsica. Something hit him in the right eye, permanently clouding his vision.
His third and final wound was at Trafalgar in 1805. It killed him.
How many Spaniards did he kill with his bare hands again?
I believe the number to be in excess of 100.
Which is extraordinary for a one eyed, one armed old man from Norfolk.
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