The Crimean War (October 1853–February 1856)

Documentary which reassesses the importance of the Crimean War
which paved the way for modern warfare and was a turning point
for Europe. Using letters, diaries, photographs and paintings
the programme focuses on the men and women involved, telling
the story in their words.

Part 1: The Reason Why
The first programme looks at the reasons behind the war, and
why Britain allied itself against Imperial Russia.

Part 2: The Valley of Death
This programme looks at the epic charge of the Light Brigade,
when a misunderstood order sent troops straight into the main
Russian artillery during the Battle of Balaclava. It also
looks at the later Battle of Inkerman and the work of Florence
Nightingale.

Part 3: War and Peace
The final programme looks at the aftermath of the war with
Germany, with Italy and Romania springing up from the ashes of
the confrontation. Meanwhile, in defeated Russia, the peasants
and serfs where sowing the seeds of a future revolution.

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