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Mock Napoleonic battle

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The Solent, U.K.

More than 150 ships from 35 countries converged on the English Channel this week for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The huge naval battle, which killed Admiral Lord Nelson, was the turning point in Britain’s 1805 victory over France and Spain. To avoid offending the French, however, the re-enactment was presented as a battle between an unnamed “red team” and an unnamed “blue team.” Anna Tribe, 75, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Nelson and his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton, said the euphemisms were a ridiculous exercise in political correctness. “I am sure that the French and the Spaniards are adult enough to appreciate that we did win that battle,” she said

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