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During the Battle of Copenhagen (1st April 1801), the British fleet was led by Sir Hyde Parker. The then Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was ordered via flag signal to disengage and retreat due to to the hopelessness of the situation. Realizing that any attempt to retreat through the shallow waters would result in catastrophic loss, Nelson, famously, placed his telescope to his blind eye and remarked that he could see no such signal. He then continued the battle and destroyed numerous enemy ships and was then able to negotiate with the Danes thereby saving many lives by turning his blind eye to the reality.

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