The Thin Red Line: An eyewitness history of the Crimean War: The Eyewitness History of the Crimean War

The Thin Red Line: An eyewitness history of the Crimean War: The Eyewitness History of the Crimean War

by JulianSpilsbury (Author)

Synopsis

The Crimean War was the first 'modern' war for the British forces: journalists reported home via the telegraph, a device that also tempted the government to micro-manage the war from the comfort of Whitehall. It is most famous for the charge of the Light Brigade, celebrated in poetry and film as a classic British military disaster. It also gave us 'The Thin Red Line', when a handful of British infantry saw off a horde of Russian cavalry. It was the first war in which ordinary British soldiers recorded their experiences - and Julian Spilsbury brings their story to life, together with the very different world of their officers and assorted mistresses. The army in the Crimea was a microcosm of Victorian society with all its strengths and weaknesses.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 340
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Published: 14 Apr 2005

ISBN 10: 0297846256
ISBN 13: 9780297846253
Book Overview: Written by a novelist and journalist in real page-turning style Follows a dozen real people through the campaign, from generals and their mistresses to ordinary soldiers A fascinating picture of Victorian society at war

Media Reviews
a grippingly vivid eyewitness narrative published to coincide with the anniversary of the end of the Crimean War. SOLDIER Splilsbury's vivid narrative is drawn from diaries and letters... wonderful characters. SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS
Author Bio
Julian Spilsbury is the military obituarist for the DAILY TELEGRAPH and a script writer for THE BILL, TAGGART and CASUALTY. He is the author of several thrillers including NIGHT OF THE BEAR and VISION OF THE HUNTER.