The Conquest of Turkey; Or, the Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. 1877-8. a Complete History of the Late War Between Russia and Turkey, Including the Causes of the War ... Graphic Descriptions of the Two Empires ... Etc., Etc. to

The Conquest of Turkey; Or, the Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. 1877-8. a Complete History of the Late War Between Russia and Turkey, Including the Causes of the War ... Graphic Descriptions of the Two Empires ... Etc., Etc. to

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the fortifications of her Bulgarian fortresses, particularly Varna, Rustchuk and Widdin, which were thought likely to prove the points of greatest strategic importance. All of them had figured largely in previous wars. The possession of Varna had been the chief result of the memorable campaign of 1828, and that fortress had been the base of operations for the still more memorable campaign of 1829, which had been terminated by the Treaty of Adrianople. The long siege of Varna had severely taxed the energies of the Russian army, had given occasion to sanguinary battles, and had been finally successful, it was alleged, only through the treason of one of the Turkish commanders. In April, 1877, the old line of bastioned wall at Varna had been thoroughly repaired, the embrasures had been opened and freshly revetted, and guns of heavy calibre placed in position, especially in the batteries looking seaward, from which quarter the most serious danger was to be apprehended. The six lunettes, which had served as advanced works in 1828 were refitted, and as fresh defenses against the long range of modern artillery, the heights commanding the town at a distance of three miles, had been studded with fourteen forts and redoubts. Three hundred large guns of calibre varying from 10 to 15 centimetres, all of the most recent model were mounted upon the defenses of Varna, and were commanded by Streker Pasha, an able general of Prussian birth. Varna is the terminus on the Black Sea of the most important of the Ottoman railways, in a military sense, that leading to Shumla and Rustchuk, over which the supplies for all the Danubian fortresses must be sent. An immense deposit of ammunition was established there, and the harbor was the head-quarters of the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973658
  • 9781236973658