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Crimean Letters from the 41st (The Welch) Regiment, 1854–56
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from the 41st (The Welch) Regiment, 1854–56
Major-General William Allan
W. Alister Williams
Illustrated, 224pp, case bound, sewn. 170 x 245mm.
Publication 1 September 2011
The Crimean War of 1854–56 was the first of the ‘modern’ wars. The opening round at the Alma in September 1854, was a direct throwback to the Napoleonic campaigns of fifty years earlier, whereas the siege of Sevastopol was a foretaste of the Great War more than sixty years later. Crimean Letters is based upon the correspondence of Lieutenant William Allan, a young Scottish officer serving with the 41st (The Welch) Regiment throughout the campaign. They provide an interesting insight into the experiences of the officers, both in action and in their day-to-day lives, in what became a thoroughly unpleasant war as those around them suffered from the actions of the enemy, the ravages of ill-health and the incompetence of those in authority. An interesting and valuable appendix to this book is a definitive list of all the men who served in the Crimean campaign with the 41st Regiment.
W. Alister Williams was born in Gwynedd, brought up in London and educated at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. He was head of the history department at a large comprehensive school before embarking on a new career in publishing. He has a passionate interest in Welsh history, military history and genealogy, coupled with a fascination for old photographs; all of which come together in this volume. He is the author/compiler of some fifteen books: the series Old Wrexham — a collection of pictures; Old Pwllheli — a collection of pictures; the VCs of Wales and the Welsh Regiments (1984); Against the Odds — the life and career of Group Captain L.W.B. Rees, VC; Commandant of the Transvaal — the life and career of General Sir Hugh Rowlands, VC; St David’s School; and the Encyclopaedia of Wrexham. He lives in north Wales.
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