The Historical Records of the Eleventh Hussars, Prince Albert's Own

The Historical Records of the Eleventh Hussars, Prince Albert's Own

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...of Balaclava, the Cavalry were moved from the valley before Balaclava to the Plateau near Sebastopol--a situation utterly unsuitable, where men and horses were exposed to the inclement blasts that swept over it; and where there was not a blade of grass for the poor beasts to nibble. When the road to the camp became so cut up and clogged with mud that the greatest difficulty was experienced in bringing anything from the harbour, the horses were badly fed; there was no grass, no hay, no corn allowed them, except about three pounds of barley per day, and a little barley straw. The poor animals were rapidly starving. All thohile, trusses of hay innumerable were floating in the harbour or lying on the beach. The horses had become so attenuated and exhausted that they were not able to walk through the mud 7 miles and return laden with cut straw and barley, the same distance through the same difficulties. Most of the animals thus employed perished." " History of the War against Russia." On November 14 the sufferings of the troops were accentuated by a destructive hurricane. The aspect of the Light Cavalry camp when the storm had abated is thus described by Major Calthorpe, an officer on Lord Raglan's staff: "The Light Cavalry camp on the Heights presented the most melancholy spectacle; the unfortunate horses looked like drowned rats; a quantity of the saddlery and accoutrements had been blown to the winds, no one knew where. Several of the horses were dying, if not already dead; the forage was destroyed, so that nothing could be given to the unhappy animals to eat. A man of the 8th Hussars was found dead in the morning from cold, and several died in consequence. Thirty-five horses of the Cavalry Division died during the day...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123688860X
  • 9781236888600