The Crimean War

The Crimean War

by Philip Warner


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The Crimean War by Philip Warner

It would seem from the general historical perspective that the Crimean War was the most mismanaged, brutal and futile campaign that has ever been fought. For well over a hundred years it has been presented as the classic model of military and medical blundering.

Military inefficiency is felt to have been slightly redeemed by the glamour surrounding the ill-fated heroism of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and medical chaos made acceptable by the subsequent achievements of the diligent Florence Nightingale. The facts that the Allies won this war against extremely tough opponents, that at the end of it the British Army had reached a high pitch of efficiency, and that the campaign was one of extreme difficulty, are all too frequently glossed over or completely ignored.

In this reappraisal Philip Warner puts the record straight, defining the army's achievements and setbacks, the medical and logistical misfortunes, and the sheer horror of the war, in the context of the time and place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840222470
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Series: Military History Ser.
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1The Causes of the War5
2The Military Background13
3The Battle of the Alma22
4The March to Balaclava46
5The Balaclava Battles62
7Everyday Life Before Sebastopol82
8The Russian Defences115
9Sebastopol--1855--the Main Battle140
10The Fighting Men156
11The War Elsewhere181
12The Aftermath196

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