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Is It Smart to Try a New Plan in the Heat of Battle?

Admiral Horatio Nelson conceived an entirely new (and untried) battle strategy, then implemented it without first testing his ideas in real life.

When Nelson first imagined this new type of naval-battle plan, he used a simple phrase—“pell-mell battle”— to summarize his novel idea.

What was the Admiral trying to convey when he used that description in his discussion with Captain Richard Keats?

What do the words “pell mell” convey to you?


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