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Crimean War - Siege and Fall of Sebastopol Desk Ornament, 1855
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Crimean War - Siege and Fall of Sebastopol Desk Ornament, 1855

Measurements: Height: 7cm (2.75in)

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Iron and marble. Four pieces of large bore iron balls mounted onto to pale marble triangular base inscribed Sebastopol.

After a tortuous winter in the Crimea, the Allies finally addressed the difficulties of supplying the frontline troops besieging Sebastopol with the completion of a railway from the British base port of Balaclava in mid 1855. Thereafter the war was pushed on vigorously, and in September 1855, after a month’s incessant bombardment, the Malakoff and the Redan fortresses, were taken by assault and Sebastopol fell. The Russians then destroyed the defences, evacuated the town leaving their sick and wounded behind them.
 

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