The Crimean War

Posted by on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Canada played no direct role in the Crimean War, however we were still impacted. 

Canada's garrison of British troops were sent to supply the needs of the Crimean Expeditionary Force. This led in turn to the establishment of a permanent Canadian militia in 1855, including provisions for volunteer troops.

The Crimean War was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to March 1856 in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. 

The Crimean War was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to March 1856 in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. The immediate cause involved the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land, which was a part of the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Roman Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. 

While no Canadian units fought in the Crimean War, there were some individuals who enlisted and did reach the battlefront. The first Canadian to win the Victoria Cross was Lieutenant Alexander Dunn of the 11th Hussars, for his participation in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava on 25 October 1854, certainly the most famous single action of the war.

There were over 400,000 casualties.



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