Battle of Dover
After the Battle of Trafalgar, Napoleon Bonaparte's chances of a sea invasion of Britian were smashed. This made little difference, however, as he had been planning an entirely aerial invasion to take place while a large part of Britian's Aerial Corps was elsewhere, as they were after Trafalgar.
The invasion was to be accomplished by French-built "flying ships," -- light wooden platforms, triple-decked, and some 200 feet from front to back. Flown by four large dragons each, such as Yellow Reapers, these could easily carry 2000 men each on a short journey, such as the trip from Cherbourg to Dover. Napoleon had more than 60 dragons available, and could thus land 50,000 men in a single day.
The British dragons who had not travelled to Trafalgar, including Lily, Maximus, Temeraire, Messoria, and Observaria, were given the seemingly hopeless task of preventing the invasion of Britian by Napoleon's forces.
The British were outnumbered, with 23 dragons compared to the more than 40 French, and almost a quarter of the British force were the smaller and lighter Greylings and Winchesters. The French, however, were primarily using the middle-weight Pecheur-Rayes as the carriers of the transports, and the weight became difficult to bear, leaving them vulnerable to attack.
Admiral Lenton set the larger dragons on independent duty, freeing them from formation flying. Despite diligent efforts, there were not enough British combat dragons to engage most of the French transports. As the French approached the coast, part of their force broke off to attack the British troops waiting on the ground. Four transports landed, engaging and overwhelming the largely milita forces.