Crimean Voices

150 years ago, Britain embarked on a disastrous war against RUSSIA in the Crimea.

Today it's remembered only for the Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence NIGHTINGALE, but it was a conflict rich in innovation as well as heroism and folly; and it produced some of the most vivid first-hand accounts of war ever written.

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01Magnificent, But Not War20041101

150 years ago, Britain embarked on a disastrous war against RUSSIA in the Crimea.

Today it's remembered only for the Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence NIGHTINGALE, but it was a conflict rich in innovation as well as heroism and folly; and it produced some of the most vivid first-hand accounts of war ever written.In the first of a three part series, RUSSIAn specialist and war reporter Tom de Waal returns to the Crimea to investigate what has been called the last old war, and the first modern war.

02A Most Desperate Undertaking20041108

Tom de Waal travels to the Crimea to consider why the British army was nearly wiped out by disease and starvation as it besieged the RUSSIAn city of Sevastopol.

Through the letters and diaries of those who went through the dreadful winter of 1854-5, he discovers a military system suffused with snobbery and inefficiency.

And he finds that it was Victorian private enterprise and engineering know-how that finally rescued the army.

03 LASTCity Of Heroes20041115

In the last of three programmes to mark the 150th anniversary of the Crimean War, RUSSIAn specialist and war reporter Tom de Waal, travels to Sevastopol to tell the story of the the eventual fall of the city to British and French besiegers.

The young Nikolai Tolstoy was one of the defenders of Sevastopol and wrote memorably about the reality of warfare, and Tom discovers how the RUSSIAns remember a conflict that killed over 100,000 of their countrymen and women.