THE CRIMEAN WAR: EUROPE’S CONFLICT WITH RUSSIA
240pp., 40 illus., P.B. 2018. Accounts of battles, still widely believed, gave fictitious leadership roles to senior officers. Careful analysis of the fighting shows that most of Britain’s military successes in the war were achieved by the common soldiers, who understood tactics far better than the officer class and who acted usually without orders and often in contravention of them.