Sharpshooter in the Crimea: The Letters of the Captain Gerald Goodlake VC, 1854–56

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Pen and Sword, Dec 31, 1990 - History - 256 pages
The letters home to his family by Gerald Goodlake, a young officer in the Coldstream Guards, make remarkable reading. They vividly describe the ill-preparedness of the British Army and the dire conditions experienced by all ranks in the Crimea. Goodlake's views on senior officers were frank to say the least! Most important, Goodlake's initiative and courage in organising and leading what were 'Special Forces' were rewarded by the award of one of the first Victoria Crosses. Goodlake served in the Crimea from early 1854 to the end two years later.

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Preface and Acknowledgements
The LettersRegimental Soldiering Malta to Varna Bulgaria
The Development of Sharpshooting and Captain Goodlakes Victoria
The Letters Regimental Soldering The Landing Inkerman
The Letters Staff Officer Hut Building March to June 1855
The Letters Staff Officer Death of Lord Raglan June to August 1855
The Letters Peace and The Armys Return Home January to
Appendix B Generals and Staff Officers Coldstream Guards Serving in the Crimean
Appendix E 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Strength and Casualties

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