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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Crimean War

1-44340 Blake, French CRIMEAN WAR, THE A very good account of the battles and campaigns of the Crimean War, with 11 b/w maps and 16 b/w illustrations.

Reprint of 1971 book. The illustrations in this book were originally selected with the intention of making the reader familiar with the topography of the siege and the battles of Balaclava, Inkerman and the Chernaya, and will prove an invaluable asset to anyone visiting the Crimea. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2006 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-44740 Cox, Michael & Lenton, John CRIMEAN WAR BASICS:Britain, France & Sardinia Organization and uniform details. The aim of this book is to cover the organisations and orders of battle of the armies concerned. The uniform section is confined to a concise summary of known material. This will be of interest and use to both the military historian and the wargamer. Although general references are made to the armies as a whole, the authors have concentrated on those units serving in the Crimean theatre itself. 1 vol, 44 pgs 1988 UK, RAIDER PUBLICATIONS
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1-44750 Cox, Michael & Lenton, John CRIMEAN WAR BASICS:Russia & Turkey Organization and uniform details. The aim of this book is to cover the organisations and orders of battle of the armies concerned. The uniform section is confined to a concise summary of known material. This will be of interest and use to both the military historian and the wargamer. Although general references are made to the armies as a whole, the authors have concentrated on those units serving in the Crimean theatre itself. 1 vol, 38 pgs 1988 UK, RAIDER PUBLICATIONS
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1-195490 Dawson, Anthony Leslie French Infantry of the Crimean War Largest Partizan uniform book to date, packed full of color plates and period photographs.

The Crimean War is perhaps best known for two things: the Charge of the Light Brigade and the work of Florence Nightingale. Considerable ink has been spent discussing them, though little attention has been paid to Britain's Allies in that conflict, notably France, Turkey, and Piedmont. It was the French Army that bore the brunt of the fighting at the Battle of Inkerman, having to fight on two fronts against Russians attacking their siege works and also assisting the British Army. The French also fought in the two assaults on Sevastopol in June and September 1855. The French and Piedmontese won a decisive victory at Traktir Bridge against superior Russian forces in August 1855 and the French cavalry (Dragoons, Hussars and Chasseurs d'Afrique) routed a much stronger Russian cavalry force in late September 1855, after the fall of Sevastopol. The French army also sent a Division to fight the Russians in the Baltic.

This book charts the history and development of French Infantry from 1815 to 1855, how it was organized, how it fought, and how it was trained. 1 vol, 328 pgs 2011 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-2123801 Duberly, Francis Isabella THE WAR OF ROGER AND FANNY (Crimean War): From the Departure of the Army from England in April 1854 to the Fall of Sebastopol This book is based on 'The Journal Kept During The Russian War' by Frances Isabella Locke Duberly - London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. No effort has been made to modernize or standardize the spelling used in the original text.

She was there for the duration, saw the Charge of the Light Brigade, walked through the ruins of Sebastopol, and didn't hesitate to say what she thought. Admired and parodied but never ignored, Fanny Duberly was a force of nature and a woman out of her time.

The diary is linked by well-chosen excerpts from her letters and brief historical notes, putting what Fanny is saying into its proper context. We have enriched this terrific book with several Roger Fenton images of Crimean war in color. 1 vol, 116 pgs 2016 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-196010 Duckers, Peter CRIMEAN WAR AT SEA, THE: The Naval Campaigns Against Russia 1854-56 Too often, histories of the Crimean War in Russia 1854-56 focus narrowly on the land campaign, ignoring the wider war waged at sea by the British and French against the Russians. The Allied navies struck at Russian interests anywhere in the world where naval force could be brought to bear, and as a result waged campaigns in the Baltic, the Black Sea, the White Sea, on the Russian Pacific coast, and in the Sea of Azoff.

In this graphic and original study, Peter Duckers offers the first overall survey of these neglected, yet remarkably successful, naval campaigns. Allied warships ranged across Russian waters sinking shipping, disrupting trade, raiding ports, bombarding fortresses, destroying vast quantities of stores, and shelling coastal towns. The scale and intensity of the naval operations will astonish you. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2011 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-207100 Flaherty. Chris TURKISH UNIFORMS OF THE CRIMEAN WAR Another volume in the excellent Partizan Press line provides a color guide for the uniforms and insignia of the principle frontline troops of the Ottoman Imperial Army, and Navy, as well as it allies or contingents during the Crimean War. Included in this book, are the Egyptian and Tunisian Auxiliary Contingents, the Anglo-Turkish Contingent, or 'Turkish Contingent', the Ottoman Cossack Regiments, and the Ottoman Police Regiments. Only a few examples of uniforms or insignia are known to date from the Crimean War period.

A major source of information is the 1985 C.A. Norman study based on General Vanson notes and illustrations. There is also the Szathmari (1854), and Roger Fenton's Crimean War photographs (1855). The New York Public Library's Vinkhuijzen collection; and the Anne S. K. Brown Military collection also provide a significant amount of information on the appearance of Ottoman Crimean War uniforms. The study of Crimean War uniforms and insignia of the Ottomans is an ongoing task, and any study is faced with the problem that many uniform images were frequently recopied and altered over the decades. This small volume attempts to put these varied sources into their correct contextual order, based on current understandings of this history. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-202130 Fletcher, Ian and Ishchenko , Natalia BATTLE OF THE ALMA 1854 On 20 September 1854 the combined British and French armies confronted the Russians at the river Alma in the critical opening encounter of the Crimean War. This was the first major battle the British had fought on European soil since Waterloo almost 40 years before.

In this compelling and meticulously researched study, Ian Fletcher and Natalia Ishchenko reconstruct the battle in vivid detail, using many rare and unpublished eyewitness accounts from all sides - English, French and Russian. Their groundbreaking work promises to be the definitive history of this extraordinary clash of arms for many years to come. It also gives a fascinating insight into military thinking and organization in the 1850s, midway between the end of the Napoleonic era and the outbreak of the Great War. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2009 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-65150 Hargreave Mawson, Michael editor EYEWITNESS IN THE CRIMEA Crimean War Letters of Lt. Col George Frederick Dallas, 130+ letters of a then company commander in the 46th Regiment of Foot, b/w photos, 20+ b/w line drawings/vignettes, index. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2001 LONDON, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-191160 Jouineau GRENADIERS & VOLTIGEURS OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD (55) Color pages of uniform plates. Covers the Crimean war and Franco Prussian War(s). 1 vol, 80 pgs 2009 FRANCE
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1-26940 Loy Smith, George A VICTORIAN RSM: From India to the Crimea First-hand account by Regimental Sergeant Major of the 11th Hussars, covers Ireland, India, and the Crimea. Author interviewed many of the survivors of the Light Brigade charge. Includes black and white illustrations and maps. 1 vol, 245 pgs 1987 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, COSTELLO
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1-205180 Mace, Martin CRIMEAN WAR, THE: Images Of War The Crimean War was a conflict between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, British Empire, Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The war was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire. Most of the conflict took place on the Crimean Peninsula, but there were smaller campaigns in western Anatolia, the Caucasus, the Baltic Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the White Sea.

The Crimean War is known for the logistical and tactical errors during the land campaign on both sides (the naval side saw a successful Allied campaign which eliminated most of the ships of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea). Nonetheless, it is sometimes considered to be one of the first 'modern' wars as it introduced technical changes which affected the future course of warfare, including the first tactical use of railways and the electric telegraph.

It is also famous for the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, who pioneered modern nursing practices while caring for wounded British soldiers. The war also led to the establishment of the Victoria Cross in 1856 (backdated to 1854), the British Army's first universal award for valor.

The Crimean War was one of the first wars to be documented extensively in photographs. News correspondence reaching Britain from the Crimea was the first time the public were kept informed of the day-to-day realities of war.

This unique collection of 150-160 images will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history. Each picture will tell its own story, and will be fully captioned with historical detail. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2014 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-205040 Mace, Martin and John Grehan BRITISH BATTLES OF THE CRIMEAN WARS 1854-1856 This unique collection of original accounts will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in the Crimean War.

This conflict between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, British Empire, Ottoman Empire, and Kingdom of Sardinia was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire. Most of the conflict took place on the Crimean Peninsula, but there were smaller campaigns in western Anatolia, the Caucasus, the Baltic Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the White Sea.

The Crimean War is known for the logistical and tactical errors during the land campaign on both sides (the naval side saw a successful Allied campaign which eliminated most of the ships of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea). Nonetheless, it is sometimes considered to be one of the first modern wars as it introduced technical changes which affected the future course of warfare, including the first tactical use of railways and the electric telegraph.

It is also famous for the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, who pioneered modern nursing practices while caring for wounded British soldiers. The war also led to the establishment of the Victoria Cross in 1856 (backdated to 1854), the British Army's first universal award for valor.

The Crimean War was one of the first wars to be documented extensively in written reports and photographs. News correspondence reaching Britain from the Crimea was the first time the public were kept informed of the day-to-day realities of war. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2014 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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2-12090 Mollo, John & Boris INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH The British Light and Heavy Cavalry Brigades atBalaclava, 25 October 1854. Eight full color plate100 b/w photos, maps, diagrams, index, biblio. 1 vol, 128 pgs 1991 LONDON, WINDROW & GREENE
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3-12090 Mollo, John & Boris INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH The British Light and Heavy Cavalry Brigades atBalaclava, 25 October 1854. Eight full color plate100 b/w photos, maps, diagrams, index, biblio. 1 vol, 128 pgs 1991 LONDON, WINDROW & GREENE
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1-89320 Oliphant, Laurence TRANS-CAUCASIAN CAMPAIGN OF THE TURKISH ARMY Oversized at 8.5x11 inches. Covers an obscure campaign at the end of the Crimean War to relieve the Fortress of Kars. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2008 US, NAFZIGER COLLECTION
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2-81440 Percy, Algemon BEARSKIN'S CRIMEA, A:Lt. Col Percy & the V.Cross Using much previously unpublished sources, this is the blow-by-blow account of the Grenadier Guards experience; Percy was present at all the major battles and was a skilled observer, biblio, index. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2008 UK, PEN & SWORD BOOKS
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1-199060 Spring, Laurence UNIFORMS OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-1856 This book looks at the organization, uniforms and the regiments which made up the army of Tsar Nicholas I during the Crimean War. Not only does it cover the regiments which served in the war, but also other units such as the Russian Imperial Guard and the Separate Caucasus Corps, which have not been covered by others books relating to the Crimean War.

The Army itself has got a bad reputation from historians because it was outfought by the Anglo-French Army during the war. However this was because the army had been let down by government officials in not re-equipping the army with modern weapons rather than any cowardice on the part of the Russian soldier. Of course in a book of its size it is not possible to cover all the auxiliary units that also made up the Russian Army at this time, such as the interior regiments.

With 24 color plates including artwork by Bob Marrion and flags by Lesley Prince. Usual Partizan Press excellence. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2012 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-39680 Sterling, Lt. Colonel Anthony HIGHLAND BRIGADE IN THE CRIMEA, THE First-hand account using over 100 of Sterling's letters home, much quoted in period bibliographies, and includes 18 b/w maps. Originally printed in 1895. An interesting look at a brigade off the beaten path. 1 vol, 256 pgs 1995 MINNEAPOLIS, ABSINTHE PRESS
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1-29840 Sweetman, John WAR & ADMINISTRATION Covers the significance of the Crimean War for the British Army. B/w illust, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 174 pgs 1984 EDINBURG, SCOTTISH PRESS
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1-914130 various VAE VICTIS #130 Alma 1854 Reviews of OP Dauntless (GMT), Avec infini regret 2 (Conseils Tactiques), Arcole serie jours de gloire, Singidunum (FORSAZ), Golan 73 (GMT + ATO), Philip Sabin et Connections UK, World War 1 (S&T 294), MBT (GMT), Yanks (MMP), Les Marechaux 4 (Ludifolie), OUT : Airsoft the Game (BattlesProject).

Figurines: Congo - Studio Tomahawk + CR Congo, Dead Man's Hand, Indochine Avec Bolt Action, Regles Navales Renaissance, Peinture des Blindes 28 mm.

Articles historiques: La bataille de l'Alma, Liberation de la Crimee 1944 + Jeux sur la Crimee (hexagones), Scenarios ASL, M44 et BlitzKrieg 3 (figurines). 1 vol, 84 pgs 2016 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-36720 Ward, S.G.P. editor HAWLEY LETTERS, THE 7.5x9, letters written by Captain Hawley of the 89th from December 1854 to August 1856, seven halftones, fold out map. 1 vol, 114 pgs 1970 LONDON, GALE & POLDEN
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2-42670 Warner, Philip editor FIELDS OF WAR, THE:Young Cavalryman in the Crimea Based on the letters of Richard Temple Godman who served in the 5th Dragoon Guards for the entire two year war, the editor has added illust & index. 1 vol, 215 pgs 1999 UK, WINDRUSH PRESS
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1-23400 Woodham-Smith, Cecil REASON WHY, THE:The charge of the Light Brigade The conflict between Lord Cardigan and Lord Lucan that led to the destruction of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, b/w maps/illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 292 pgs 1954 NEW YORK, McGRAW-HILL
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