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Valentine Baker's Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877 (Hardback)

A Tarnished British Soldier's Glorious Victory

Military/Maritime/Historical

By Frank Jastrzembski
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781473866805
Published: 30th May 2017

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“I swear by the Prophet, that the Infidel who commands our cavalry fights with the courage of ten thousand tigers.”
An Ottoman artilleryman observing Valentine Baker in the heat of battle during the Russo-Turkish War
 
“To have witnessed the battle of Tash-Kessan [Tashkessen] is one of the proudest recollections of my life, and one that I never recall without some glow of the old enthusiasm that animated us on that day recurring to me.”
– Francis Francis of The Times

 

 
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“There are moments in the past of many a man’s career that stand out clear and defined after the lapse of even many years: life pictures, the very memory of which brings back a glorious thrill of pride and pleasure. This is the feeling which vibrates through me still, when I recall that last and closing scene that crowned the hard-fought fight at Tashkessen.” – Valentine Baker

History has best remembered Valentine Baker for his embarrassments. In 1875, he was accused of sexual assault and dismissed from the British Army. In 1884, he suffered an embarrassing defeat at the Battle of El Teb. But what about Baker’s positive achievements?

The most underappreciated event that took place in his controversial life came during the Russo-Turkish War in 1877. The exiled Baker, in command of 3,000 Ottoman soldiers, was dispatched to the village of Tashkessen to stall 25,000 advancing Russian soldiers. Through his superb leadership and brilliant disposition of his troops, Baker was able to score a victory.

The Spartan stand of Baker and his command has gained little recognition. Despite this modern obscurity, Baker’s performance at Tashkessen was applauded by his contemporaries as a model of tactical leadership and heroism. This is the exhilarating tale of how Valentine Baker was able to find redemption at Tashkessen.

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About Frank Jastrzembski

Frank Jastrzembski resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Asha, and loves to travel. He is a proud alumnus of both John Carroll University and Cleveland State University. His passion is discovering and writing about forgotten events and individuals of the nineteenth century. A member of the Victorian Military Society, he was awarded the Browne Award for 2015. Visit www.frankjastrzembski.com to view a complete list of his publications.

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