The Great War With Russia

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CHAPTER III THE MARCH TO THE ALMA But 01i September 19 the fitful rest of the allied armies was at an eud. The order to march was given the night before. Soon after daylight the troops fell in, facing south—the French on the ...
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CHAPTER III THE MARCH TO THE ALMA But 01i September 19 the fitful rest of the allied armies was at an eud. The order to march was given the night before. Soon after daylight the troops fell in, facing south—the French on the right, with 8,000 Turks in support; the British to the left, their right in touch with the French left. But it was by no means a rapid movement. It was ordered that the army should move at 6 A.M. For an hour ere that time the French were tootling and drumming away on the sand hills south of us ; and farther from the British ten battalions of red- fezzed Turks (Egyptians, I believe) were drawn up on the beach in solid columns, ready to start, and indicating their readiness by the doleful lamentations of their "bands of music." Poor devils! Few of them saw Turkey or Egypt again. Neither St. Arnaud, under whose orders SuleimanTHE TURKISH DIVISION 27 Pasha, their General, was placed, nor, later on, Lord Raglan knew how to make use of—nay, misused— the Turks. The soldiers who defended Silistria, Eupatoria, and Kars were not, forsooth, fit food for cannon—they were beasts of burthen, hewers of wood and drawers of water, carriers of shot and shell— pack animals!—starved, abused, and neglected. A few hundred of these unfortunates were pitchforked into some wretched mole-hills, miscalled "redoubts,'' and left without support on a ridge of hills far in advance of Balaclava, when Liprandi's army attacked them on October 25. The Turks did not yield their untenable position without a struggle—and a fierce one. But the incident afforded a cover for the mistakes of the engineers who fortified (?) the hills, an excuse for the Generals who had put their troops into a false position; and the allies cried " Shame ! " on the whole Turkish army! About 7.30 A.m. Colone...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781241449032
  • Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions
  • Publication date: 3/25/2011
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 7.44 (d)

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