The Conduct of the War

The Conduct of the War : A Speech Delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 12th of December, 1854 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Conduct of the War: A Speech Delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 12th of December, 1854 Well, our army was occupied in ascertaining what would be the best line of defence, and strengthening it, in order to keep Constantinople safe from any coup-de-maz'n. But Lord Raglan, in his instructions, was further told that a portion of our army should be encamped at Unkiar Skelessi, not only on account of the salubrious and well-watered nature of that portion of the country, but also because it placed him within reach of Varna, should the line of the Balkan be attempted to be forced by the Russians, and likewise because, if any attempt should have to be made on the Russian territory, such as was ultimately contemplated, great advantages would be enjoyed there for carrying out that object. I mention this to show that the Government had a distinct plan, which was - first, to secure the Dardanelles next, to defend Con stantinople; next, that capital being safe, to defend the lines of the Balkan; and, lastly, to be ready to attempt to strike a blow at some vital part of the Russian empire. That which had been foreseen took place: the Russians forced the Danube, Silistria was invested, and Omar Pasha considered that he was in great danger, and that he should be unable to maintain that fortress unless the allies made a combined advance that should threaten and menace the Russian army, and so force them to throw up the siege. We all recollect the events of that siege. We all recollect the gallantry of our own countrymen in a miserable outpost of that fortress (hear); but it was not their gallantry alone or their valour, but also a consciousness on the part of the Russians that an advance of the allies from Shumla and V arna rendered it impossible for them to maintain their position, that caused them to raise the siege. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 2mm | 64g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0243326610
  • 9780243326617