War in the East A Military History of the RussoTurkish War 187778. The campaigns, combatants, leaders and soldiers of the Russo-Turkish war. When Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire in April 1877, it was the fifth time during the nineteenth century that hostilities had broken out between the two empires. On this occasion the other Great Powers had done all they could to prevent it, although public opinion i Full description
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When Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire in April 1877, it was the fifth time during the nineteenth century that hostilities had broken out between the two empires. On this occasion the other Great Powers had done all they could to prevent it, although public opinion in the West had been shocked by Turkey's brutal repression of the Bulgarian uprising. The war was to be fought in two distinct theatres. In Europe, as on previous occasions, the Russian objective was to cross first the Danube and then the formidable Balkan Mountains before striking for Constantinople. In Asia, over territory also contested many times before, the Russians aimed to seize Kars and then Erzerum. At first all went well for the invaders, the Turks making no serious attempt to hold the line of the Danube, while a thrust south by General Gourko succeeded in crossing the Balkans by a pass not previously considered practicable. At Plevna, however, the Russian advance stalled in the face of the determined defence of the place by the redoubtable Osman Pasha. In Asia, meanwhile, after initial success, the Russian advance was halted by defeat at Zevin. Poor strategic judgment on the part of the Turks led to their failure to take advantage of the opportunity provided by Osman, even after the Russians had suffered three bloody defeats at Plevna. Eventually, after the town was closely invested, it fell to the besiegers. In Asia, the Turks suffered a major defeat in the battle of God's Mountain, and were driven back to Erzerum, while Kars fell to a brilliant assault by the Russian forces. These defeats marked the beginning of the end for the Turks. By January 1878 the Russians were over the Balkans in force, and the last viable Turkish army was surrounded and captured at Shenovo. Armistice negotiations led to a suspension of hostilities and to the treaty of San Stefano. The other Great Powers had watched the conflict with mounting anxiety and were determined to moderate the terms of San Stefano which had imposed harsh conditions on the Ottoman Empire. This, following tortuous diplomatic negotiations, they succeeded in doing at the Congress of Berlin in July 1878. This book, the first military history of the war in English for over a century, traces the course of the campaigns, examining the many occasions on which the outcome of a battle might have gone the other way, and the performance of the combatants, both leaders and led. The book considers the extent to which the parties applied the lessons of recent wars, as well as the conclusions that could be drawn from the experience of combat with the latest weapons. It also explores the complicated motives of the Great Powers in general, and Britain in particular, in bringing about a final settlement, which postponed the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. The author's detailed text is accompanied by an extensive number of black and white illustrations, an impressive colour plate section containing reproductions of paintings by artists such as Vereshchagin, plus black and white and colour battle maps. Extensive orders of battle are also provided. This is the latest title in Helion's ground-breaking series of 19th Century studies, and will again appear in hardback as a strictly limited edition printing of 1,000 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the author on a decorative title page.Biographie de l'auteur :
Quintin Barry is married and lives in Sussex. He is a solicitor, specializing in employment law. Throughout his professional career he has maintained his lifelong interest in military and naval history. This is his third work for Helion, following publication of a widely-praised two-volume study of the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 in 2007, and a detailed account of Moltke and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 published in 2010.
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Description du livre Helion & Company Ltd., 2012. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. New hardback copies. First edition. Signed and numbered limited edition, of 1000 copies. ; Illustrations & maps. ; 534 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 53538
Description du livre Helion, 2012. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. 1.7 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches. Brand new. Limited edition of 1000 signed by author and numbered on pre-title page paste-down. Pristine copy. No markings. Jacket not clipped. // Shipped carefully packed in a sturdy box. Signed by Author(s). N° de réf. du libraire 008983