150th Anniversary of the end of Crimean War (1853-1856)

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1215-1300: Lunch (optional)
1300-1445: Lectures

Crimean WarRUSI is hosting a free Members’ Event to mark the 150th Anniversary of the end of Crimean War (1853-1856).  The Crimean War is credited as being the first modern war, employing trenches, blind artillery fire and the tactical use of railways. Dispatches by war correspondents such as William Howard Russell via telegraph energized public opinion as the realities of war in foreign fields were rapidly brought home.

Military operations were marked by woeful leadership, high casualties and the inhumane treatment of troops. This was somewhat tempered by the sterling work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole as they ushered in the development of modern nursing methods. There was also daring and heroism as epitomized by the popular myths surrounding the charge of the Light Brigade and the ‘thin red line’ of the 93rd Highlanders at the Battle of Balaklava in 1854.

 Lectures will be given by:

  • Professor Andrew Lambert (Laughton Professor of Naval History, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London) will speak on British Amphibious Operations in the Crimean War: Sir Charles Napier and The Capture of Bomarsund, August 1854
  • Terry Brighton (Curator, Queen’s Royal Lancers Museum and author, 'Hell Riders- The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade') will speak on The British Cavalry in the Crimean War: First Hand Accounts and The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade

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