A review of the Crimean War to the winter of 1854-5

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Hurst and Blackett, 1860 - Crimean War, 1853-1856 - 203 pages

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Page 25 - Administration which ordered that expedition had no adequate information as to the amount of forces in the Crimea. They were not acquainted with the strength of the fortresses to be attacked, or with the resources of the country to be invaded. They hoped and expected the expedition to be immediately successful, and as they did not foresee the probability of a protracted struggle, they made no provision for a winter campaign.
Page 105 - Lord Raglan wishes the cavalry to advance rapidly to the front - follow the enemy and try to prevent the enemy carrying away the guns. Troop Horse Artillery may accompany. French cavalry is on your left. Immediate.
Page 136 - Inkermann, and ascending the opposite heights, abandoning on the field of battle five or six thousand dead and wounded, multitudes of the latter having already been carried off by them. I never before witnessed such a spectacle as the field presented ; but upon this I will not dwell.
Page 148 - The army in the East has been created by discounting the future; every regiment at home, or within reach, and not forming part of the army, has been robbed to complete it. The depots of battalions under Lord Raglan have been similarly treated.
Page 175 - the opinion of almost every experienced soldier or well-informed gentleman, when we say that the noblest army England ever sent from these shores has been sacrificed to the grossest mismanagement. Incompetency, lethargy, aristocratic hauteur, official indifference, favour, routine, perverseness, and stupidity reign, revel, and riot in the camp before Sebastopol, in the harbour of Balaklava, in the hospitals of Scutari, and how much nearer home we do not venture to say.
Page 21 - ... increase than diminish by delay, and as there is no prospect of a safe and honourable peace until the fortress is reduced, and the fleet taken or destroyed, it is on all accounts most important that nothing but insuperable impediments, such as the want of ample...
Page 29 - First, its bay is vast and safe ; it would hold all the vessels of the squadron and the vessels with provisions for the troops. Secondly, once established on that point it might be made a real basis for operations. In thus occupying the eastern point of the Crimea all the reinforcements coming by the Sea of Azoff and the Caucasus could be cut off.
Page 30 - Azof and the Caucasus could be cut off. A gradual advance could be made towards the centre of the country, taking advantage of all its resources. Simpheropol, the strategic centre of the peninsula, would be occupied. An advance would then be made on Sebastopol, and probably a great battle fought on that road. If lost, a retreat in good order on Kaffa, and nothing is compromised ; if gained, to besiege Sebastopol, to invest it completely, and its surrender would follow as a matter of course in a short...
Page 104 - The cavalry to advance and take advantage of any opportunity to recover the heights. They will be supported by infantry, which has been ordered to advance on two fronts.
Page 135 - ... but those in front of the works of the place, and the ship guns, till the afternoon, when the symptoms of giving way first became apparent ; and shortly after, although the fire did not cease, the retreat became general, and heavy...

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