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The Thin Red Line: An Eyewitness History of the Crimean War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
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 ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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A very entertaining narrative history of the Crimean War. Spilsbury culls from both familiar accounts - William Howard Russell's reportage, memoirs by Fanny Duberly and George Paget - and private soldiers' letters and diaries, to give viewers a vivid boots on the ground account of this messy conflict. To Spilsbury's credit, he makes familiar battles and events seem fresh again: his detailed accounts of military actions, particularly the Battle of Inkerman (often inscrutable in other accounts), r ...more
The Thin Red Line by Julian Spilsbury is an excellent account of the Crimean War from the British point of view, but it is far from a ‘decisive account’ as some reviewers like to call it. The book draws from letters and personal accounts of a number of British soldiers, sailors, and officers to tell the story of the Crimean War through the eyes of those who fought it, and Spilsbury does a masterful job of weaving these accounts together into a coherent narrative and filling in the gaps – This bo ...more
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