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Crimea War 1854-1856

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The Crimea War

The Crimea War was fought on the Southern Crimean coast of Ukraine 1854 1856

We remember it for a number of reasons, amongst them, the gallant but hopeless, Charge of The Light Brigade, the hard fought battles of Balaclava and Inkerman (look out for children born at this time given the name Inkerman) and the care given by Florence Nightingale and her nurses at the Scutari hospital.

The telegraph system some ten years earlier, meant that war correspondents could relay their despatches rapidly to the British public, whose support for the war was diminishing as tales of the appalling conditions reached them in their homes.

Siege of Sevastopol 1855
Intriguing Connections
    1. The conditions suffered by troops in the Crimean War brought about a change in attitude to how the British Army was being run and to the conditions of individual soldiers, see our theme of Major Events to see how other wars brought about change
    2. Wars such as the Crimean, helped hasten reform in other areas of society, look at posts on individual reformers or browse posts in People and Personalilies
    3. Follow the link for a resume of the Crimean War