A British officer’s account of operations during the Russo-Turkish War of 1827-1829 which ended with the Treaty of Adrianople, freeing Greeks from Turkish domination and opening the Black Sea and the Dardanelles. The nature of this book is explained in the expanded title to the effect that the author’s travels include sketches (in the written sense) of the Imperial [Russian] Fleet and Army, personal adventures, and characteristic anecdotes – a cross between a travelogue and a report of a military observer of a foreign war. The author was a British officer who obtained leave of absence to observe the conflict. In the first volume he describes his journey across the Baltic to Hamburg and thence to St Petersburg, Moscow and on to the Crimea, giving his views on the Russian Army. He ends this volume with a chapter on the antiquities to be found on the shores of the Black Sea. In the second volume he joins the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which he describes, and follows its operations during the final days of the war. He relates various events at which he was present and makes use of eyewitness accounts of others. When naval operations ended he joined the Russian army and goes into great detail describing every aspect of that army – the Russian soldier, dress, discipline, training and so on.
Capt James.E. Alexander (Late) 16th Lancers.
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2003 N & M Pres reprint (original pub 1830). SB. Two volumes: xxxii +308pp and xii + 327pp 2 coloured plates ( of uniform )