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General Todleben's History of the Defence of Sebastopol, 1854–5
A Review

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044684

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  • The journalist William Howard Russell (1820–1907) is sometimes regarded as being the first war correspondent, and his reports from the conflict in the Crimea are also credited with being a cause of reforms made to the British military system. This 1865 book began as a review in The Times of the five-volume work of General Eduard Todleben (or Totleben), the military engineer and Russian Army General, whose work in creating and continually adapting the land defences of Sevastopol in 1854–5 made him a hero and enabled the fortress to hold out against British bombardment for a whole year. Russell added extracts from the original book to his review, and enlarged his commentary on the Russian text, producing a thorough and accurate synthesis, but always highlighting the central importance of the Russian work to any student of the history of the Sevastopol siege.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044684
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Our first victories
    2. The early and late histories
    3. The Russian history
    4. The march of Russia
    5. The ascent of the Czars
    6. Menschikoff's mission
    7. Declaration of war
    8. Siege of Silistria
    9. Defenceless Russia
    10. The Russian armies
    11. The forces of the Allies
    12. The condition of Sebastopol
    13. The state of Sebastopol
    14. Menschikoff surprised
    15. Selection of the Alma
    16. The choice of landing-places
    17. The night before the battle
    18. The Russian position
    19. The English order of battle
    20. The Russian left engaged
    21. Canrobert and Bosquet
    22. The English begin to move
    23. A check to the French
    24. The English on the right
    25. The English fire
    26. The capture of the Epaulement
    27. The second attack on the Epaulement
    28. Retreat of the Wladimir Regiment
    29. The retreat of the Russians
    30. Russian reasons for their defeat
    31. Causes of the defeat
    32. Delay after victory
    33. Condition of Sebastopol
    34. The works of Sebastopol
    35. Menschikoff's flank march
    36. The sinking of the fleet
    37. The Allies on the Belbeck
    38. State of the North Fort
    39. The flank march
    40. Manschikoff's flank march
    41. Sir John Burgoyne's vindications
    42. Sir John Burgoyne's remarks
    43. Sir John Burgoyne's policy
    44. An advance northward
    45. Surrender of Balaklava
    46. State of the north side
    47. Preparations to resist
    48. Reinforcements for Sebastopol
    49. Korniloff's influence
    50. The first trench opened
    51. The new works
    52. Opposite the English
    53. The English works
    54. Reasons for and against an assault
    55. The first day's fire
    56. The Russians recover spirits
    57. The French again succumb
    58. The economy of Matériel
    59. The actions before Balaklava
    60. Rout of the Turks
    61. The first Russian advance
    62. The light cavalry
    63. The French chasseurs
    64. The results of the action
    65. The effect at Sebastopol
    66. 'Little Inkerman'
    67. General Sir De Lacy Evans' despatch
    68. The French batteries
    69. Peril of the flagstaff bastion
    70. Probable issue of an assault
    71. The opposing forces
    72. The allied strength and position
    73. The nature of the ground
    74. Dispositions for Inkerman
    75. Soïmonoff's advance
    76. Attack the camp
    77. Attack Adams's Brigade
    78. The precision of the British fire
    79. Retreat of the 17th Division
    80. The relative numbers
    81. Dannenberg's advance
    82. The Guards rally
    83. Cathcart's disaster
    84. The artillery conflict
    85. The French are summoned
    86. The Russians defeated
    87. The pursuit
    88. Escape of the Russian artillery
    89. The losses
    90. The superiority of English fire-arms
    91. Close of the first period of the siege
    92. The Redan and the British
    93. Moral effect of Inkerman
    94. The great storm
    95. Russian philanthropists
    96. Good Samaritans
    97. The winter begins
    98. British insouciance
    99. The rifle pits
    100. Increase of lodgements
    101. Comparison between French and English
    102. Information to the enemy
    103. The Russian commissariat
    104. The chaos of Balaklava
    105. Russian supplies
    106. Russian transport
    107. Cost of the war
    108. The war of mines
    109. The French take our light attack
    110. Fears for Perekop
    111. Attack on Eupatoria
    112. Todleben's opinion of our troops
    113. The result of delay
    114. Want of forethought
    115. Concluding remarks
    Appendices.

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    William Howard Russell

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