Sebastopol is one of the classic sieges of all time. The culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854-5 was the final bloody episode in the costly Crimean War. It was a story of trench warfare, struggles for strongpoints (“Redans’) and bitter bravery and tenacity on both sides. Above all, perhaps, it was a struggle in which the skills of military engineers came into their own. Published by order of the Secretary of State for War, this handsome two-volume publication is a very detailed Official History with maps and diagrams. Part I: Sets the siege of Sebastopol in the context of the war as a whole from the Invasion of the Crimea to the close of the Winter Campaign 1854-55. Part II: From February 1855 to the Fall of Sebastopl, September 1855. This book is one which no serious student of the Crimea can afford to be without.