Despatches from the Crimea

Despatches from the Crimea


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Despatches from the Crimea by William Howard Russell

William Howard Russell's uncompromising dispatches from the Crimea to the London Times, collected in this book, revolutionized war reporting and the public's perception of war. Never before had Britons on the home front been exposed to the grim realities of remote battlefields, and they were shocked and outraged by what they read. Russell's images of the plight of the soldiers and his criticism of medical facilities led the government to vastly improve soldiers' living standards and Florence Nightingale to improve sanitation for the wounded. Even now, more than 150 years after his reporting from the Crimea, readers will find Russell's graphic descriptions to be extraordinarily modern.

Among the dispatches reproduced for the book are Russell's eyewitness accounts of the battles of the Alma, Inkerman, Balaklava, and the Tchernaya, and the carnage at the Malakoff and the Redan. His description of the brave fiasco that came to be known as the Charge of the Light Brigade inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson to compose his famous poem. Russell's refusal to compromise and his meticulous attention to detail set a standard that remains today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591142003
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William Howard Russell was born in Dublin, Ireland, and died in 1907. After covering the Crimean War, he reported on the American Civil War and Indian mutiny. After retiring, he founded the Army and Navy Gazette.

Table of Contents

Foreword     7
Introduction     11
Chronology     17
Principal Officers engaged in the Campaign     18
Glossary     19
A Rendezvous in the Dardanelles     21
Gallipoli to Varna     39
Cholera     49
The Invasion     58
Skirmishing     70
Alma     76
The Flank March     92
Digging in     101
The First Bombardment     111
Balaklava     119
Inkerman     130
The Hurricane     142
In the Grip of Winter     150
Adventure in the Snow     165
Springtime     174
A Turkish Reconnaissance     185
The Expedition to Kertch     195
Failure     207
The Battle of the Tchernaya     224
The Malakoff Falls     242
The Fate of Sebastopol     260
Armistice     269
Index     279

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