The Crimean War (Images of War) Paperback – 20 Mar 2014
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About the Author
Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical. John Grehan has written more than 150 books and articles on military subjects, covering most periods of history. John is currently employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine.
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The book itself is divided into eight chapters, which chart the conflict beginning with the commanders, through the major battles, and the immediate aftermath. Each chapter begins with a brief explanation of the chapter content, before presenting to the reader the photographs themselves. These take the form of either the protagonists or the landscapes against which the actions of the war took place. Along with each is a detailed caption explaining to the reader who or what the picture depicts. Some of the photos have inevitably been previously published in other books, but here you are able to view them at much larger sizes than many books offer, allowing the viewer to muse over the fascinating detail often missed on smaller versions.
While the book cannot be considered a detailed history of the Crimean War, there are far too few words, it does offer the reader an extremely interesting insight into a conflict, which is largely forgotten by many today. Anyone interested in the war should consider buying this book, as it certainly deserves a spot on the shelf of any Victorian military historian’s home library, and would serve as a great companion title to a general history of the war.
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Featuring over 150 photographs drawn from the Library of Congress and other archives, the pix show Brit generals, staff officers, cavalrymen, etc. posed in camp, on horseback, at headquarters and in trenches. Many of the cavalrymen are in full regalia. The book also includes photographs of a few French and Turkish officers, civilians such as Florence Nightingale, various fortifications, etc. There are no pix of their Russian opponents.
The images are complimented by a comprehensive text that includes chapters on '(British) Commanders and Their Staff,' 'The Battle of the River Alma,' 'The Battle of Balaklava,' 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' etc.
Although it's a one-sided photo-guide to the Crimean War, the Grehan and Mace book is, neverthless, a fascinating 'look-back' at one of the first "modern" wars of the century. Recommended.
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