Tuesday, 28 September 2010

'The war ' By Sir William Howard Russell

'From the Death of Lord Raglan to the evacuation of the Crimea' (1856) - a work in full by the celebrated Times correspondent. On the Russians he says
There are reports that their men fight very unwillingly, and that there is great difficulty in getting them forward. This did not appear to be the case with those who fought the other day at the Tchernaya, but they were well primed with brandy, and, moreover, comprised divisions that had just arrived. Many of the battalions who attacked that day, had not been into Sevastopol at all. So at least we learn from the prisoners. That those who have long been defending the place should be discouraged would not be surprising, but the chief evidence we have is furnished by a Polish officer, who came over a day or two ago.

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