By John Sweetman
This sour battle among Russia and Turkey, aided by means of Britain and France, used to be the surroundings for the stuff of legends. This ebook information the gallant but suicidal cost of the sunshine Brigade, now immortalised in movie: within the phrases of Tennyson, 'Into the Valley of dying rode the Six Hundred'. It relates the studies made by way of the 1st genuine battle correspondant, William Russell of the London occasions - experiences which served purely to spotlight the army's difficulties - and memorialises the heroic deeds of Florence Nightingale, who struggled to avoid wasting younger males from the main bold enemy within the Crimean battle: now not the Russians, yet cholera.
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Extra resources for The Crimean War: 1854-1856 (Essential Histories)
Heavy mortars and siege artillery fire on the Russians before Sevastopol. The Woronzov metalled road from Yalta is extreme left, the Malakov defence work far right, Sevastopol Bay and harbour entrance in the distance. 48 Essential Histories • The Crimean War Sevastopol from the trenches. The extreme right of the allied line. Note the extent of the naval port and the position of anchored Russian ships, able to fire on to the southern upland. (Author's collection) end of October Raglan could muster only 16,000 fit men.
One observer recorded that the dead in the area were 'as thick as sheaves in a cornfield'. 30 am the 18pdrs came into action, while French, British and Russian troops fought bitterly near the Sandbag Battery on the far right. Kinglake later referred to 'the tyranny' of the 18pdrs and Dannenberg acknowledged the 'murderous fire of the 60 Essential Histories • The Crimean War enemy artillery'. Undoubtedly, their ability to silence enemy guns on Shell Hill proved important, possibly even decisive.
On the left of the line, the British could legitimately have wheeled on to the upland before Sevastopol and made use of the nearby ports of Kamiesch and Kazatch. But Burgoyne and Lyons urged Raglan to secure Balaclava and the new French commander, Canrobert, agreed. On 25 September, Canrobert had succeeded St Arnaud, who died at sea four days later. So on 27 September, the allies deployed on the high ground south of Sevastopol with the French on the left and British on the right. The Chersonese upland, shaped rather like a heart, had an eastern escarpment (the Sapoune Ridge) 700ft (210m) high overlooking the Plain of Balaclava.
The Crimean War: 1854-1856 (Essential Histories) by John Sweetman