Thursday, August 19, 2010

Council of War

Crimean War: At dawn on 6 June 1855, photographer Roger Fenton was given the privilege of attending the war council between the three allied leaders - Lord Raglan, Marechal Pélissier and Omar Pacha - at Lord Raglan's headquarters, the morning before the successful attack on the Mamelon (a mamelon is small fortified hill), one of the decisive battles won by the allied forces at the cost of heavy casualties, including one of Fenton's many officer friends. Although Pélissier had the utmost respect for Raglan, he treated Omar Pasha so contemptuously that the Ottoman commander became increasingly eager to remove his army from the Crimea.

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