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Crimea 1854-56

This war is most important, as it was the only conflict fought by Britain against a modern European power between 1815 and 1914 and was characterised by major military incompetence. The war proved that, although the British Army was well-suited to Colonial warfare, there were serious deficiencies, particularly in generalship and in supply organisation, during a war with a modernising enemy. However, the war was redeemed by the fine fighting of junior officers and men, the battle of Inkerman being a classic example of this. There were a number of causes of the war, the main one being British fears of Russian expansion through the Dardanelles into the eastern Mediterranean, occasioned by the decay of the Turkish Ottoman empire 'The sick man of Europe'. In alliance against Russia with France, Turkey and Piedmont the British expedition landed in the Crimea in September 1854, and four days later stormed the Russian position at the Alma River. After a severe battle, the Russians retreated into Sebastopol, but the Allies allowed them to escape. The British set up camp at Balaklava, where on 25th October 1854 they were attacked by the Russians. The ensuing battle is famous for the Charge of the Light and Heavy Brigades, and the action fought by the 93rd Highlanders ('the thin red line'). Ten days later another major battle was fought at Inkerman, in which troops took part in hand-to-hand fighting for many hours, both sides suffering very heavy casualties. There followed a long, ten month siege, during which there were several major assaults on the fortified port of Sebastapol. Eventually the city fell, peace was concluded and the Allies withdrew their troops. The Crimean war is also memorable for the emergence of the modern newspaper correspondent in the form of William Henry Russell, whose graphic dispatches in The Times described the war in unflinching terms and did not spare criticism of the British commanders. In medical history it saw the beginnings of modern nursing, carried out by women under the redoubtable Florence Nightingale, 'the lady with the lamp' whose hospital at Scutari saved many lives once she had won her battle for hygiene with her male colleagues.

Crimea 1854-56



CAVALRYMAN IN THE CRIMEA
The Letters of Temple Godman, 5th Dragoon Guards
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CAVALRYMAN IN THE CRIMEA The Letters of Temple Godman, 5th Dragoon Guards
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A young cavalry officer's letters home from the Crimean War. Written with vivid frankness, Temple Godman's descriptions cover battles ( he charged at Balaklava) hospitals, the deficiencies of the high command and press reporting - along with the pain and sorry of losing comrades. Remarkably Godma...

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Despatches from the Crimea
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Despatches from the Crimea
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William Russell's searing war reports from the Crimea pioneered modern war reporting, sped much needed army reforms, and inspired Florence Nightingale to begin modern nursing there. This is then both a historical document and a fine piece of war writing which still steams with the indignation of ...

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DESPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: BRITISH BATTLES OF THE CRIMEA WARS 1854-1856
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DESPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: BRITISH BATTLES OF THE CRIMEA WARS 1854-1856
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The Crimean War was Britain's most costly and destructive conflict of the Victorian era. Best known for the Charge of the Light Brigade, the whole campaign was conducted with the same courageous ineptitude as that futile endeavour. In these original despatches, written by both the Army commanders...

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GRAND CRIMEAN CENTRAL RAILWAY
The Story of the Railway Built by the British in the Crimea During the War of 1854-56
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GRAND CRIMEAN CENTRAL RAILWAY The Story of the Railway Built by the British in the Crimea During the War of 1854-56
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The story of the railway built at Balaklava by the British during the Crimean War of 1854-56.

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SOLDIERíS MANUAL OF RIFLE FIRING AT VARIOUS DISTANCES
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SOLDIERíS MANUAL OF RIFLE FIRING AT VARIOUS DISTANCES
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Published at the time of the Crimean War, this is a soildier friendly manual of rifle firing, written at a time when the new weapon was replacing the musket. Covering everything from the design of the weapons to making the cartridges and estimating ranges, and illustrated with drawings and diagra...

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Crimean Letters
From the 41st (the Welch) Regiment, 1854 - 56
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Crimean Letters From the 41st (the Welch) Regiment, 1854 - 56
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CRIMEAN WAR AT SEA
The Naval Campaigns Against Russia 1854-56
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CRIMEAN WAR AT SEA The Naval Campaigns Against Russia 1854-56
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Too often historical writing on the Russian War of 1854-56 focuses narrowly on the land campaign fought in the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. The wider war waged at sea by the British and French navies against the Russians is ignored. The allied navies aimed to strike at Russian interests an...

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CRIMEAN WAR
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CRIMEAN WAR
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A contemporary view of the Crimean War as seen by the Victorian military historian James Grant. Jingoistic in true Victorian style, this work draws on rare and valuable sources now lost to present an unashamedly patriotic account of the conflict.

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HISTORY OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS FROM 1815 TO 1895
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HISTORY OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS FROM 1815 TO 1895
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A detailed history of the oldest regiment in the British Army covering its service from the victory of Waterloo onwards to the end of the 19th century.

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ROYAL MONMOUTHSHIRE MILITIA
Being a Detailed Description of the Regiment From the Year 1600 to the Time of its Transfer to the Special Reserve.
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ROYAL MONMOUTHSHIRE MILITIA Being a Detailed Description of the Regiment From the Year 1600 to the Time of its Transfer to the Special Reserve.
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An impressively detailed history of this ancient unit (first formed in 1600) and profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs. Covers all the Militia's campaigns, including the Peninsular War, Waterloo, the Crimean and Boer Wars.

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