The Armada This atmospheric programme features footage of the restoration of the Mary Rose, and discusses the events and issues leading to the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The defeat of the Spanish Armada marked a turning point in British history. This episode discusses the political course of events, the men of the ships of the Tudor navy and the events of the campaign. Trafalgar- Nelson's Victory 'England expects every man to do his duty'. Nelson's celebrated signal opened the Battle of Trafalgar, the most famous engagement of the age of sail. Tragically, he would not live to enjoy his crowning glory. Cut down by a French sniper at the very moment of triumph his greatest victory was also destined to be his memorial, for his fleet ended forever the Emperor Napoleon's dream of an invasion of England.