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The Crimean War: A Reappraisal.


The Crimean War: A Reappraisal.

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    Philip. Warner(Author)
It would seem from the general historical perspective that the Crimean War was the most mismanaged, brutal and futile campaign that has ever been fought. For well over a hundred years it has been presented as the classic model of military and medical blundering. Military inefficiency is felt to have been slightly redeemed by the glamour surrounding the ill-fated heroism of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and medical chaos made acceptable by the subsequent achievements of the diligent Florence Nightingale. The facts that the Allies won this war against extremely tough opponents, that at the end of it the British Army had reached a high pitch of efficiency, and that the campaign was one of extreme difficulty, are all too frequently glossed over or completely ignored. In this reappraisal Philip Warner puts the record straight, defining the army's achievements and setbacks, the medical and logistical misfortunes, and the sheer horror of the war, in the context of the time and place.

Philip Warner (1914-2000) enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals after graduating from St Catharine's, Cambridge in 1939. He fought in Malaya and spent 1,100 days 'as a guest of the Emperor' in Changi and on the Railway of Death, an experience he never discussed. He was a legendary figure to generations of cadets during his thirty years as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Yet he will arguably be best remembered for his contribution of more than 2,000 obituaries of prominent army figures to The Daily Telegraph. In addition he wrote fifty-four books on all aspects of military history, ranging from castles and battlefields in Britain, to biographies of prominent military figures (such as Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend; Field Marshall Earl Haig; Horrocks: The General who Led from the Front and Auchinleck: The Lonely Soldier) to major histories of the S.A.S., the Special Boat Services and the Royal Corps of Signals." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Philip. Warner(Author)
  • Taplinger Pub Co; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (Jan. 1973)
  • English
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  • By G. Heywood on 7 November 2003

    The Crimean War seems to be synonymous with the Charge of the Light Brigade and the futile attempt of courageous soldiers to fight on distant fields for an unnecessary cause (like the common perception of WW1!) This book, although short does a good job of dispelling some of those myths by the use of reports and letters from people who were actually at the battles.The result is a book that is refreshing, factual, and balanced. Where mistakes were made, they were examined, and alternatives provided. Of course many of the mistakes can be traced back to previous ones, and these (such as the problems with cholera) were not that unusual at the time. It is interesting to see the difference between the French and British troops for example in terms of the fixing these problems. While the number of British troops lost to disease fell substancially during the second winter of the campaign, it grew significantly for the French troops.The book for me dispelled the myth that the war was a failure, and showed the incredible resilience and courage of the troops on both sides. Perhaps more people in this country should stop being so critical of our history and celebrate the unbelievable fortitude and skill that our troops have shown in the past. Our armed forces in the Crimea and at many other wars before and after are something to be immensely proud of.

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