'Home in time for the pheasant season' was the cheerful assumption of most British officers when the Army was shipped off to fight the Russians in 1854. But it was not to be. After landing in the Crimea and beating the Russians in open battle, the redcoats found themselves laying siege to the great naval base of Sebastopol. There, they endured a bitter winter in improvised positions, desperately short of supplies and with next to no medical care. Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the Crimean War, Julian Spilsbury's narrative is drawn from the diaries and letters of soldiers of this most famous Victorian army. From the initial landings in an exotic land to the battles, the long months of siege and the final victorious assault, the story unfolds through the words of the men - and women - who were there.
We follow a cast of extraordinary characters who, one after another, fall, some to bounce back with almost superhuman resilience, others to die at the incompetent hands of the Army's surgeons. The Army's leading personalities are a collection of eccentrics; some were short-sighted, some downright criminal. But not one of them doubted the British would win, no matter how dire the odds - and this is why they ultimately prevailed.
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Julian Spilsbury is the military obituarist for the DAILY TELEGRAPH and a script writer for THE BILL, TAGGART and CASUALTY. He is the author of several thrillers including NIGHT OF THE BEAR and VISION OF THE HUNTER.Review:
"a grippingly vivid eyewitness narrative published to coincide with the anniversary of the end of the Crimean War." SOLDIER "Splilsbury's vivid narrative is drawn from diaries and letters... wonderful characters." SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS
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Book Description George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0297846256
Book Description Book Condition: New. The Crimean War was the first 'modern' war for the British forces: journalists reported home via the telegraph, a device that also tempted the government to micro-manage the war from the comfort of Whitehall. It was also the first war in which ordinary British soldiers recorded their experiences -- and Spilsbury here brings their story vividly to life, together with the very different world of their officers and assorted mistresses. His skill lies in knitting together many disparate reports so that a clear picture of the action emerges from the smoke, confusion -- and gore -- of battle. The army in the Crimea was a microcosm of Victorian society, with all its strengths and weaknesses. Bookseller Inventory # 1341
Book Description George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110297846256