Who was the first to ‘turn a blind eye’?

| Linda Brown | Word & Idioms

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. 

Wounded several times in combat, he lost one eye at the age of 36, and most of his right arm at the age of 40.

When 43 years of age, eyeless and armless, Nelson was dispatched to command the Battle of Copenhagen. Upon receiving a signal from his commanding officer, Lord Parker, ordering him to stop attacking the Danish fleet, he held up a telescope to his blind eye and said, “I do not see the signal.” 

Nelson pressed on with the attacked and won.

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Nelson’s history enthusiasts? – here’s some more:

Nelson did not have much physical ability. On the contrary – he was crippled, blind in one eye, and ironically often ill.

Notwithstanding, Nelson was known for his unique ability to inspire and motivate his people; to bring the best out of them.

This ability was, in his lifetime, called ‘The Nelson Touch’. And awarded him, after death, the publicity and fame that no other British commander.

His ability to encourage and energize his men (from top commanders to common sailors) his ability to craft brilliant and bold strategic plans, and his sharp tactical understanding, made him one of the most brilliant warriors in the history of the world.

The ‘Nelson’s Touch’ influenced not only on his men but Britain as a whole; He was and still is one of the most revered figures in Britain.

Numerous tombstones have been raised throughout the UK in his honor, of which the most notable is Nelson Pillar in Trafalgar Square, London.

Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, which is currently based at the Portsmouth Naval Base, has a permanent crew and serves as the flagship of the Second Navy.

The bullet from which Nelson was killed, his uniform during the battle, and even a strand of his hair, are displayed in various museums in Britain and around the world.

Nelson’s last words, according to Victoria’s doctor, were: “Thank goodness I have fulfilled my duty.” According to the doctor, Nelson repeated the sentence several times, until he could speak no more. According to others standing around him, including his personal servant and the ship’s economist, Nelson complained of the heat, thirst, and pain.

Nelson’s history enthusiasts? – here’s some more:

Nelson did not have much physical ability. On the contrary – he was crippled, blind in one eye, and ironically often ill.

Notwithstanding, Nelson was known for his unique ability to inspire and motivate his people; to bring the best out of them.

This ability was, in his lifetime, called ‘The Nelson Touch’. And awarded him, after death, the publicity and fame that no other British commander.

His ability to encourage and energize his men (from top commanders to common sailors) his ability to craft brilliant and bold strategic plans, and his sharp tactical understanding, made him one of the most brilliant warriors in the history of the world.

The ‘Nelson’s Touch’ influenced not only on his men but Britain as a whole; He was and still is one of the most revered figures in Britain.

Numerous tombstones have been raised throughout the UK in his honor, of which the most notable is Nelson Pillar in Trafalgar Square, London.

Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, which is currently based at the Portsmouth Naval Base, has a permanent crew and serves as the flagship of the Second Navy.

The bullet from which Nelson was killed, his uniform during the battle, and even a strand of his hair, are displayed in various museums in Britain and around the world.

Nelson’s last words, according to Victoria’s doctor, were: “Thank goodness I have fulfilled my duty.” According to the doctor, Nelson repeated the sentence several times, until he could speak no more. According to others standing around him, including his personal servant and the ship’s economist, Nelson complained of the heat, thirst, and pain.