The Thin Red Line: The eyewitness history of the Crimean War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

The Thin Red Line: The eyewitness history of the Crimean War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

by JulianSpilsbury (Author)

Synopsis

A FORGOTTEN VOICES for Victoria's Redcoats 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: Paperback
Pages: 352
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Phoenix
Published: 09 Feb 2006

ISBN 10: 0304367214
ISBN 13: 9780304367214
Book Overview: A FORGOTTEN VOICES for Victoria's Redcoats

Media Reviews
His skill lies in knitting together many disparate reports so that a clear picture of the action emerges from the smoke, confusion - and gore - of battle. * BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE (May 2006) *
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.