Eyewitness In the Crimea

The Crimean War Letters of Lieutenant Colonel George Frederick Dallas

Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Editor :
Michael Hargreave Mawson
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781848328389
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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George Frederick 'Fred' Dallas wrote 137 letters to his family and friends while on active service in the Crimea. A company commander in the 46th Foot, his first letters reflect a soldier's enthusiasm for the ‘brilliant affair’ that awaits the British Army overseas. Within weeks of arriving, excitement turns to disbelief at the continual misjudgment of his leaders. Poor preparation and divided command exposed the troops to surprise attacks from ‘The Russe’, and to the appalling conditions of the Crimean winter. By contrast, Dallas' reports on the casual bravery of his comrades recognize the true heroes of a mismanaged campaign.

Through these letters we relive the terrible perils of combat and siege warfare: the author’s almost miraculous escape from serious injury, whilst continually witnessing his comrades’ slaughter; the monotony of being entrenched in Sebastopol; the ‘utter confusion’ surrounding instructions to attack; the mistakes at Inkermann and the Redan; the wearying cold. We also get an insight into the quieter moments in camp and the friendships forged between the men.

Supplemented by the editor’s excellent footnotes and detailed biographical index, this is a revealing and intimate history of all those involved in the Crimean War.

About The Author

MICHAEL HARGREAVE MAWSON is the great-great grandson of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Dallas and a respected historian of the Crimean War.

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