When we think of Admiral Lord Nelson, a vision of a tall man standing atop a 169ft column at Trafalgar Square in London probably enters our mind.
But it may come as a surprise to discover that he was about the same height, or perhaps even shorter than his archenemy Napoleon.
According to a measurement taken in the old Admiralty Board Room, he was 5ft 4ins, but a supposedly life-sized effigy in Westminster Abbey is 5ft 5ins, and calculations from his uniforms make him as much as 5ft 6ins.
What he lacked in stature, he most certainly made up for in courage, leadership, and an excellent grasp of strategy.
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