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THE CHARGE: WHY THE LIGHT BRIGADE WAS LOST., Adkin, Mark.
1 Adkin, Mark. THE CHARGE: WHY THE LIGHT BRIGADE WAS LOST.
Leo Cooper, London, 1996, first edition. 
285 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850524695 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "This book shatters many long-held conceptions of how and why (the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade) happened, and w ho was to to blame. For the first time in many years a former professional soldier has combined military expertise, detailed research of participants' accounts with a careful study of the actual ground. The result is a gripping and definiti v e b o o k for the general reader and the military buff alike." Light cigarette odor, minor browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has minor browning and minor edge wrinkling. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
CRIMEAN BLUNDER: THE STORY OF WAR WITH RUSSIA A HUNDRED YEARS AGO., Gibbs, Peter.
2 Gibbs, Peter. CRIMEAN BLUNDER: THE STORY OF WAR WITH RUSSIA A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1960, first American edition. 
297 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "The Crimean War was a little war, a seemingly unimportant war which England entered - as Trevelyan wrote - for no better reason than that she was bored with pe ace. When, in 1854, the London crowds saw their soldiers marching off to fight, they cheered with delight. The war against Russia, into which Britain and France had drifted in alliance with Turkey - and which had grown out of a petty quarre l b e t w e en some monks in Jerusalem - was to be a lighthearted and glorious adventure. True, the Crimean was a war to capture only one town. Nonetheless the suffering was appalling and 300,000 lives were lost. It was in the Crimean War that t he te le gr ap h was first used to apprise statemen at home of events at the front. It was then that Florence Nightingale, horrified by the unnecessary waste of life and by the inhumanity of the treatment of the troops, organized the nursing servi ce t hat wa s t o m ak e history. It was, in fact, Crimea that finally ended the myth that war had glamor. In (this book, the author) tells the full story of this strange conflict, how the errors and blunders and optimism on the part of Palmersto n a nd Que en V icto ria, Lo uis Napoleon and Tsar Nicholas developed into a nightmare. Here is the story of the fantastic, gallant and infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, but here also is the unforgettable drama of the ordinary soldier - Briti sh, Fre nch, Russi an an d Tur kish - who fought steadfastly on, though sacrificed again and again by the stupidity of his commanders." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clip ped, has very small chip/ tears with moderate wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light edge wear elsewhere, light fading to spine color, some light browning, minor soiling. Very Good/Good- 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
THE DESTRUCTION OF LORD RAGLAN:  A TRAGEDY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55., Hibbert, Christopher.
3 Hibbert, Christopher. THE DESTRUCTION OF LORD RAGLAN: A TRAGEDY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55.
Harmondsworth Viking 1984 0670800007 / 9780670800001 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
337 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w maps, photographs. "In March 1954 an army of 30,000 men sailed from Portsmouth to the Crimea to defend the crumbling Turkish empire against invasion by Russia. Led by Lord Raglan, a veteran of Waterloo but, after forty years, out of touch with the realities of warfare, they embarked for an unknown country to defend a cause few understood or even cared about. Nevertheless enthusiasm and confidence were high among the men of what 'The Times' described as 'the finest army that has ever left these shores'. The euphoria was short-lived and the campaign quickly degenerated into a series of humiliating military disasters caused largely by incompetence at the highest level, bitter personal rivalries among the divisional commanders, and criminal inadequacies of transport, clothing and medical supplies. A scapegoat had to be found if the British Government was to survive, and it was Lord Raglan who bore the brunt of the virulent anti-war campaign mounted by the newspapers. Misunderstood and maligned by his contemporaries, his reputation blackened for posterity, Lord Raglan died a broken man only weeks before the French finally defeated the Russians at Malakoff, with little help from their demoralized British allies. In this fair, scholarly and vividly written account of the confused tragedy of the Crimea, Christopher Hibbert has done much to redeem the reputation of a sensitive and courageous man who simply lacked the necessary qualities of leadership and intellect to extricate his army with honour from an ill-conceived and bloody campaign. Drawing on contemporary letters, papers, reports and diaries, the author strongly suggests that the chaos of the Crimea was the result, not of one man's neglect, but of a whole nation's folly." 2" split at top of gutter between index pages 336/337, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, two wrinkles in laminate down front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
POWDER AND STEEL:  NOTABLE BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS OF THE 1800's FROM NEW ORLEANS TO THE ZULU WAR., Orbaan, Albert.
4 Orbaan, Albert. POWDER AND STEEL: NOTABLE BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS OF THE 1800's FROM NEW ORLEANS TO THE ZULU WAR.
John Day, New York, 1963, first edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Red, black and white illustrations/maps by the author. Written for the younger reader, this book covers five battles/campaigns - the Battle of New Orleans, two in the Civil War, and one each from the Zulu and Crimean wars. "....brings the men and campaigns of these nineteenth century conflicts vividly to life." Minor browning in margins of pages, very light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, very light edge wear, light wrinklin g at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - light elsewhere, light browning at flap-folds and edges, two 1" tears archivally taped, light fading to spine color, small ghost sticker mark o n f r o n t p anel. Very Good/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Palmer, Alan. THE BANNER OF BATTLE: THE STORY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR.
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1987 0297790420 / 9780297790426 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
289 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(P)uts the myths and preconceptions about The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale, the war guilt of Stratford de Redcliffe, the rivalry between Lord Cardigan and Lord Lucan and the patriotic fervour of the English into perspective. Military and naval events are woven into the context of Great Power politics and diplomacy. The Crimean War, often viewed simply as a dramatic incident in the Eastern Question, emerges as a decisive campaign which lowered the stature of both defeated Russia and non-belligerent Austria, thereby changing the power structure of Europe. (This) is the first comprehensive interpretation of the subject stressing the European and Baltic angles, and so bringing the Crimean War clearly and astutely into focus." Page edges browning lightly. Dust jacket has minor edgewear, light edge wrinkling, light browning to spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BANNER OF BATTLE:  THE STORY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR., Palmer, Alan.
6 Palmer, Alan. THE BANNER OF BATTLE: THE STORY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR.
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1987 0297790420 / 9780297790426 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
289 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(P)uts the myths and preconceptions about The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale, the war guilt of Stratford de Redcliffe, the rivalry between Lord Cardigan and Lord Lucan and the patriotic fervour of the English into perspective. Military and naval events are woven into the context of Great Power politics and diplomacy. The Crimean War, often viewed simply as a dramatic incident in the Eastern Question, emerges as a decisive campaign which lowered the stature of both defeated Russia and non-belligerent Austria, thereby changing the power structure of Europe. (This) is the first comprehensive interpretation of the subject stressing the European and Baltic angles, and so bringing the Crimean War clearly and astutely into focus." Previous owner's name in ink at bottom of front free endpaper, light browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight browning on spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
7 Selby, John. Foreword by Major-General F.C. Graham. THE THIN RED LINE OF BALACLAVA.
London Hamish Hamilton 1970 241019001 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good- 
257 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map endpapers, b&w and colour illustrations - photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "(T)he Charge (of the Light Brigade) was only a vivid firework display on the fringe of the main action. It was the Highland Brigade and in particular the 93rd Highlanders, the 'Thin Red Line' of the title, under the inspiring leadership of Sir Colin Campell who really saved the day. This new narrative of the battle, based exclusively on eye-witness reports from British, French and Russian sources, presents the conflict as a coherent whole. Here are Raglan, Cardigan, Lucan, Campbell and Scarlett; Bosquet and Canrobert; the staff officers, the surgeons, the lady spectators, the war corres-pondents, the ordinary soldiers on both sides. The political manoeuvring, the armies arriving in the Crimea, the Allied success at Alma, the ravages of cholera, Inkerman 'the soldier's battle', Tchernaya, the storming of the Redan, the siege of Sebastopol, the influence of Florence Nightingale and Maitre-chef Soyer - this is the Crimean War, a struggle which need not have taken place, which produced no decisive solution, and which demonstrated with appalling clarity the inefficiencies of the British High Command." Light edge wear - mainly on bottom edge of boards, a few tiny shallow bumps to bottom edge of boards, small bump at bottom corner of rear boards - migrates into corner of approx. last 12 page leaves, minor browning to top edge of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one or two tiny edge tears, very light browning on spine and at top edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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