The Battle of the Alma 1854 (Hardback)
First Blood to the Allies in the Crimea
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On 20 September 1854 the combined British and French armies confronted the Russians at the river Alma in the critical opening encounter of the Crimean War. This was the first major battle the British had fought on European soil since Waterloo almost 40 years before. In this compelling and meticulously researched study, Ian Fletcher and Natalia Ishchenko reconstruct the battle in vivid detail, using many rare and unpublished eyewitness accounts from all sides - English, French and Russian. Their groundbreaking work promises to be the definitive history of this extraordinary clash of arms for many years to come. It also gives a fascinating insight into military thinking and organization in the 1850s, midway between the end of the Napoleonic era and the outbreak of the Great War.
.. As Fletcher and Ishchenko argue in this highly readable new account..Military Illustrated
..The strengths of Fletcher and Ishchenko's book is its research into Russian language as well as English sources, their skilful blending of first-hand accounts into the text, and the fact tat they have walked the terrain. Following on from their early book The Crimean War: Clash of Empires, this is a most welcome addition to the library of books on this war.
Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in history and it has given rise to a vast and varied literature. The strategy and tactics of the battle and the entire Waterloo campaign have been analysed at length. The commanders, manoeuvres and critical episodes, and the intense experiences of the men who took part, have all been recorded in minute detail. But the organization, structure and fighting strength of the armies that fought in the battle have received less attention, and this is the subject of Philip Haythornthwaite's detailed, authoritative and engaging study. Through a close description…By Philip Haythornthwaite
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