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Colonel Griffiths came to the Crimea with a French chef. • Lord Rokeby brought a patent water closet to the Crimea (which French troops soon stole for boiling soup). The Crimean War 1854–6 | 37 Key terms Administrative incompetence Typhus A dangerous fever transmitted by lice, fleas, mites or ticks. There are many different forms but they share the symptoms of fever, headache, pains in muscles and joints, and delirium. Typhoid An infectious disease, usually contracted by drinking infected water.

Now came the disaster of the day – our glorious and fatal charge. But so sick at heart am I that I can barely write of it even now. It has become a matter of world history, deeply as at the time it was involved in mystery. I only know that I saw Captain Nolan galloping; that presently the Light Brigade, leaving their position, advanced by themselves, although in the face of the whole Russian force, and under a fire that seemed pouring from all sides, as though every bush was a musket, every stone in the hillside a gun.

Instead, he ordered his men to bivouac for the night. The Battle of Alma, the first full-scale battle between European nations since Waterloo, was over. The Russians had lost 5700 men and been driven from a strong position. The British had suffered 1500 casualties, the French under 1000. While the allies failed to make capital out of the Russian retreat, the campaign had started well. The Siege of Sevastopol On 23 September, the allied army, reinforced by 10,000 men, began its advance on Sevastopol.

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