Histories have many great people, people who were the key to liberation. We all know the war has its part in human civilization. The art of wars, from land to sky and the war of the sea has also their share of stories. A Record shows some outstanding people who lead the naval army. Compared to other experts the in the naval field, this naval tactician Yi, and Horatio is one of a kind. Yi Sun-Si, the great naval commander of Korea, and Horatio Nelson, British flag officer in the Royal Navy.
Yi sun-shin was born into a wealthy aristocratic family on April 28, 1545 near Seoul, Korea. He married in 1564 and two years later began the study of the traditional Korean military arts: archery, horseback riding, and swordsmanship. Admiral Yi Soon Shin was a tactical genius and one of the greatest military commanders ever. He constantly went up against impossible odds and defeated the Japanese in thirty-three separate naval engagements, while always suffering minimal or negligible casualties to his own forces and never lost a single battle in his entire career. Military historians have placed General Yi Sun-Shin on par with Admiral Horatio Nelson for his undefeated record against seemingly insurmountable odds despite no background in naval training.
His most remarkable military achievement occurred at the Battle of Myeongnyang. Outnumbered 133 warships to 13, and forced into a last stand with only his minimal fleet standing between the Japanese Army and Seoul, he still managed to destroy 33 of 133 Japanese warships in one of the most astonishing battles in military history. The main key to their victory is by using an early technology called Turtle Ships, a mobile floating tank. It was a large fast-moving warship with reinforced metal plating with steel spikes sticking out that completely cover the top deck to protect the sailors from arrows and gunfire. The front has shaped like dragon head that shot a cannon out of its mouth and had a poison gas that came out of its nose and carried about 30 guns on the rear side. Its primary role is breaking through the enemy line and destroying front line ship then the rest of their Korean fleet strike forward. Yi died at the Battle of Noryang on December 16, 1598. With the Japanese army on the verge of being completely expelled from the Korean Peninsula, he was mortally wounded by a single bullet. His famous dying words were, “The battle is at its height, beat my war drums, do not announce my death”.
Born on September 29, 1758 in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, he was the sixth of the 11 children of a clergyman. He joined the navy aged 12, on a ship commanded by a maternal uncle Maurice Suckling. He rose rapidly through the ranks and served with leading naval commanders of the period before obtaining his own command in 177 at the age of 20. As a commander, he was known for bold action and the occasional disregard of orders from his seniors. This insubordination brought him victories against the Spanish off Cape Vincent in 1797 and at the Battle of Copenhagen four years later.
Over the period 1794 to 1805, under Nelson’s leadership, the Royal Navy proved its supremacy over the French. His most famous engagement is at Cape Trafalgar that saved Britain from the threat of invasion by Napoleon. He was killed by a French sniper a few hours later while leading the attack on the combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson died at half-past four, three hours after he had been shot and recorded his last words as “God and my country”. His body was preserved in brandy and transported back to England where he was given a state funeral.
Even though both have many differences, but share one similarity. Both of them died protecting their country. They represent bravery, honor, and courage. But who’s more superior when it comes to strength and tactics? Who is much better?