The Destruction of Lord Raglan (Signed copy)
A Crimean War history, with letter from Christopher Hibbert
First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23 × 15.5cm, 338pp.
Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from Christopher Hibbert in reply to a gentleman who had lent him four Crimean war letters for research for this book. The letters were sent to Hibbert in response to a letter he had published in a newspaper requesting relevant information.
In March 1854, a British army of 30,000 men sailed for the Crimea to defend the crumbling Turkish empire from Russia. It was led by Lord Raglan, a veteran of Waterloo. The campaign quickly degenerated into a series of military disasters caused by incompetence at the highest level, bitter personal rivalries among the divisional commanders and inadequacies of transport, clothing and military and medical supplies. To enable to the British government to survive, Raglan was made the scapegoat. This text presents the story of the tragic campaign.
The book is in very good condition, but with a little tanning to the pages' edges, and a little rust mark from where the letter was pinned in. The dustwrapper is tanned and faded to the spine, and with some general age-related dulling but is in good order.