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In Pictures: The Crimean War

A war known for the incompetency of its leaders and the spread of disease, not for its cause, left Europe broken in two. One man’s pioneering photos tell the story
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A dispute over the rights of Catholics and Orthodox Christians in the Muslim Ottoman Empire soon boiled over into a fight for territory. Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire allied against Russia in 1853, and fought for almost three years in scorching summers and blistering winters. Russia gave up fighting in March 1856, much to the relief of the British public, who had long hated the war.

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Supplies are unloaded from a Scottish ship to the British and French base at Balaklava, during the Siege of Sevastopol. Over 200,000 people died in this year-long siege.

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