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Review for Voice from the Ranks

Author/Director : Kenneth Fenwick [Ed.]

Format : Book

This book is the raw truth of the Crimean War through the eyes of one soldier. Sergeant-Major Timothy Gowing was present at the battles of Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and the siege of Sevasterpol. He was seriously wounded twice, the last time inside the Redan during the final attack on the city. This is not a book about the grand strategy but a personal tale told in, what the author calls, rough soldiers language. Although today many of the sentiments he expresses we would consider jingoism clearly he holds these views with sincerity.
If you have an interest in the Crimean war or in the lives of British soldiery then this book is well worth reading.

Published by : The Folio Society, 1954

Review last updated : 2018-03-02 20:10:04

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