VALENTINE BAKER’S HEROIC STAND AT TASHKESSEN 1877: A TARNISHED BRITISH SOLDIER’S GLORIOUS VICTORY
202pp., 24 illus. 2017. The most underappreciated event that took place in Baker Pasha’s controversial life came during the Russo-Turkish War in 1877: The exiled Baker, in command of 3,000 Ottoman soldiers, was dispatched to the village of Tashkessen to stall 25,000 advancing Russian soldiers. Through his superb leadership and brilliant disposition of his troops, Baker was able to beat back the Russian advance.