10th November – Battle of Inkerman Talk by Patrick Mercer


This is a Zoom talk and will take place at 6pm on Thursday 10th November .

Patrick Mercer was the first Britons to walk the battlefields of the Crimea since Winston Churchill in 1945.  After the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1991 made forbidden parts of Russia suddenly accessible, Mercer has been able to visit these sites almost every year since.  Extraordinarily, the bones, weapons and equipment of British and Russian dead can still be found in remote corners making the Crimea one of the most fascinating spots to visit.

Inkermann, 5 November 1854.

The greatest blood-letting of the early battles of the Crimean campaign has almost been forgotten.  Amidst roiling fog, two vast Russian pincers moved against the British defences at Inkermann in another attempt to lift the siege of Sevastopol.  Over 45,000 Russians and 92 guns fell upon 8,000 Britons and came within a whisker of throwing the whole, Allied army back into the sea.  Only pluck, grit and aggressive leadership by serjeants and subalterns foiled Gortschakoff’s attempt to smash the Allies.