A thoroughly researched and excellently written work which makes easy reading for such a complex issue. To be recommended for anyone wishing to understand the change in nature of warfare and conflict from late 19th century which lead to the dissatisfaction in the Balkans culminating in the events which triggered the First World War. Deals excellently with the individual personalities and the political conflicts and background.
I wanted to know more about the Crimea War and thought I'd try this one. I'm glad I did. It covers all the aspects, from the origins of the war to its prosecution and the aftermath. Along the way, we get the military history, plus the diplomatic manoeuvrings behind the scenes, as discontent rises with the whole affair and its conduct. Of course, I've nothing with which to compare it, but it seems to do the job admirably.
The author pulls no punches when it comes to the the total farce of the commanders in this total and avoidable waste of rank and file soldiers. In fact the whole officer class of this period seems more concerned with what to wear for dinner than applying themselves to the best practices of warfare in this period. The resultant waste of life bothers them not one bit. It also shows that the British were a small part of the overall Crimea multinational force set against Russia and it showed in their sometimes double dealing with the others.
just read this book it has a lot off good points, it goes into enough detail so that you can get a feel for the subject .and makes you wonder how the british army ever won anything with leader ship like this