Darrell Rivers & Brett Gibbons discuss the logistics of the Crimean War including the differences in British & French supply, transport, rationing, and ordnance, the Board of Ordnance, the issuing of green coffee, successes, failures, and the transition towards professional systems in the British and French armies in the 19th century.
The French Are Coming! – The Invasion Scare of 1859
Capt. Gibbons & Lord Rivers discuss the war scare that triggered a naval arms race, coastal defence construction, and the rise of the Rifle Volunteers, but culminated in a growing friendship between France & Britain.
We discuss the French ironclad Gloire & the iron hulled response–HMS Warrior.
Great to see Crimean Tom from our collection on @bbcnews “When felines turn hero” for #InternationalCatDay! Also known as Sevastopol Tom, he saved #British and #French #troops from starvation during the Crimean war, by leading them to food he could find.