- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime; 1st Edition edition (21 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848842678
- ISBN-13: 978-1848842670
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Crimean War at Sea: The Naval Campaigns Against Russia 1854-56 Hardcover – 21 Apr 2011
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First off the title of this book, as Mr Duckers comments himself in the foreword, is a little mis-leading since from the outset of the war with Russia the Allies instituted a policy of harassing Russia and her economic trade wherever and whenever they were able.
After outlining the background to the war with Russia and describing the opposing fleets, the book then divides into several discreet chapters describing the naval campaigns in the Baltic, the White Sea, the Pacific and of course in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azoff. He also covers the actions of the naval brigade during the land campaign in the Crimea.
Mr Duckers writing style is clear and accessible, and his opinions measured and backed up with supporting facts. There are also a smattering of quotations from contemporary first hand accounts, including from the then midshipman George Tryon.
Make no mistake, there is no stirring Trafalgaresque fleet engagement to describe here, though as the author points out there was very real potential for this, and indeed expectation from the British public. Rather there are a series of coastal bombardments, blockade and small ship actions as the allies attempt to winkle out elements of the Russian fleet from their often heavily fortified naval bases. You do however get a real sense of the problems facing the commanders and the reasoning involved in fighting a naval campaign during the era of transition from sail to steam and the kind of re-adjustments and extemporisations the commanders on the spot had to make.Read more ›