VALENTINE BAKER’S HEROIC STAND AT TASHKESSEN 1877 A Tarnished British Soldier’s Glorious Victory

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Valentine Baker was an exiled and disgraced soldier who’s career in the British army came to an untimely end. After a prison sentence he entered the service of the Ottoman Army in the war with Russia. At first in a high position in the gendarmerie, he was transferred to Mehmed Ali Pasha’s staff, and thence took over the command of a division of infantry. With this division, Baker sustained the rearguard action of Tashkessen against the troops of Gourko. Promoted Ferik (lieutenant-general) for this feat, he continued to command Suleiman’s rearguard.

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