British Military Intelligence in the Crimean War, 1854-1856

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 182 pages
This is the first scholarly work to focus purely on British military intelligence operations during the Crimean War. At the outbreak of war with Russia in March 1854, the British Army found itself without even rudimentary intelligence on the enemy. The British Commander, Lord Raglan, initially turned for basic intelligence on Russian forces in the Balkans and the Crimea to travelogues, amateur volunteers, and conjecture. However, after the blind victory at the Alma, followed by the near disastrous battles of Balaclava and Inkerman, Raglan realized the need to gather adequate military intelligence, and acquired it through a civilian, Charles Cattley, the recently expelled British Consul at the Crimean port of Kertch, routinely supplied intelligence on Sevastopol's garrison, on Russian strength, dispositions and reinforcements throughout the Crimea, and even strategic advice to Allied commanders.

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