crimean wars

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  • Human anatomy

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  • How to build a flamethrower
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  • Minor battles of the Crimean War
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  • 22 French curse words
  • How to clear your search history so the NSA won’t think you’re a crazy terrorist who needs to perform CPR on a sousaphone-playing French dragon wounded in a chemically-induced explosion during the Crimean War
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Officer’s Helmet of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons dated around 1840 on display at the National Army Museum in London

This regiments long garrison service finally came to an end when it was sent to the Crimea in 1854, losing all its horses en route in a fire on board its troop ship ‘Europa’, but still managing to take part in the charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava in October 1854. The Heavy Brigade’s charge was an event that has been overshadowed by the doomed charge of the Light Brigade. 

Photographs taken by myself

The Crimean Crow

During the Crimean War (1854-1856) a creature (or creatures) was spotted on March 15th during a 24 hour truce between Russian and Turkish forces. The truce was only called because of superstitions associated with the “Ides of March” (historical significance: the day Brutus and 60 others assassinated Julius Caesar.) A short time after midnight several men were shot approaching a Russian camp, there are two accounts of what led those men to walk/run into the Russian camp. According to a survivor, he was apart of a squad of 5 Russian soldiers going to ambush the Turkish once the truce was lifted at midnight. When the group reached the halfway point the skies allegedly blackened and the men became distracted by a large creature that was described as a headless crow. One person in the group had to force the group to continue but by that point they had become disoriented and began to head back to their camp. Now this is the part of the story that differentiates between the two accounts. In one account the soldiers were mistaken for enemies forces and shot by guards on duty with only one surviver while in another account the guards shot five enemy Turkish troops fleeing towards their camp away from a swarm of bats. Some people believe this to be the earliest known sighting of a Mothman type creature.

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A Vivandière attends to a soldier of the Zouave regiment during the Crimean War, 5 May 1855.

Vivandières, also known as a Cantinières, were women who travelled with the French army as canteen workers. They often wore a female version of the uniform of the regiment they were attached to. Zouave regiments from Algeria served with the French army during the Crimean War.

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Uniform of Colonel John Wilkie of the 10th (The Prince of Wale’s Own) Royal Regiment of Light Dragoons (Hussars) dated around 1854 on display at the National Army Museum in London

On 17 April 1855 Wilkes’ unit arrived in the Crimea, having been sent from from India, to replace the cavalry lost in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava along with the 12th Lancers. In the Crimea they were part of the Siege of Sevastopol and the Battle of Eupatoria in the same year they arrived.

Photographs taken by myself

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Presentation Sword from England dated 1855 on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

This sword was presented to Major Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe, the 7th Baron Calthorpe and of the 8th Hussars, by his tenants upon his return from the Crimea. He was aide-de-camp to Lord Raglan, the commander of the British army in Crimea. Raglan was general at the Battle of Balaklava and issued the orders that lead to the doomed charge of the light brigade to which the 8th Hussars were a part of.

French 2nd Hussar regiment Vivandiere

c.1854 - Crimean war.
Vivandière or Cantinière were women in the military attached to regiments to provide wine, tobacco, paper, ink and other commodities to the soldiers. They achieved a particularly romanticized status during the Second French Empire due to the increase of their number and the many military campaigns on foreign soil during that era.

Many cultures have had some form of a gun-blade combination due to the fact that they are extremely versatile out on the battlefield. The most famous form would be the bayonet that was used during the Crimean War and the American Civil War. The Germans were also known for their axe guns and a lot of these are preserved in the Historisches Museum in Dresden, as seen above.