Fascinating images of the first war documented in pictures provide a rare insight into what military life was like in the mid-nineteenth century. Here, a Chief of Staff of the French General Bosquet sits with another soldier in his base camp in what is now Ukraine

Fascinating images of the first war documented in pictures provide a rare insight into what military life was like in the mid-nineteenth century.

The collection, which dates back 160 years, documents the infamous Crimean War of the 1850s.

They were taken by the British photographer Roger Fenton in a period of only three months between March and June 1855 in extremely difficult conditions.

Fascinating images of the first war documented in pictures provide a rare insight into what military life was like in the mid-nineteenth century. Here, a Chief of Staff of the French General Bosquet sits with another soldier in his base camp in what is now Ukraine

Fascinating images of the first war documented in pictures provide a rare insight into what military life was like in the mid-nineteenth century. Here, a Chief of Staff of the French General Bosquet sits with another soldier in his base camp in what is now Ukraine

The collection, which dates back 160 years, documents the infamous Crimean War of the 1850s. In the photo: a Turkish general sits on horseback with his officers during the Crimean War

The collection, which dates back 160 years, documents the infamous Crimean War of the 1850s. In the photo: a Turkish general sits on horseback with his officers during the Crimean War

The collection, which dates back 160 years, documents the infamous Crimean War of the 1850s. In the photo: a Turkish general sits on horseback with his officers during the Crimean War

They were taken by the British photographer Roger Fenton in a period of only three months between March and June 1855 in extremely difficult conditions. Here, Mr. Fenton had to take his camera equipment in a carriage called & # 39; Photo van & # 39;

They were taken by the British photographer Roger Fenton in a period of only three months between March and June 1855 in extremely difficult conditions. Here, Mr. Fenton had to take his camera equipment in a carriage called & # 39; Photo van & # 39;

They were taken by the British photographer Roger Fenton in a period of only three months between March and June 1855 in extremely difficult conditions. Here, Mr. Fenton had to take his camera equipment in a carriage called & # 39; Photo van & # 39;

Although he could not capture any battle scenes due to the effort of setting up his heavy equipment, the images include rows of tents in a British cavalry camp in what is now Ukraine.

Others show a majestic navy ship in the port of Balaklava, and other shots show a council of war in progress towards the end of the conflict.

The Crimean War took place between October 1853 and March 1856, and was fought between a coalition of the British, French, Ottoman and Sardinian Empire against the Russian Empire.

Although he could not capture any battle scenes due to the effort of setting up his heavy equipment, the images include British troops in a cavalry camp in Ukraine. In the photo: General Sir George Brown seated, and officers of the Light Division of the British Army, mostly standing, wearing uniforms and hats.

Although he could not capture any battle scenes due to the effort of setting up his heavy equipment, the images include British troops in a cavalry camp in Ukraine. In the photo: General Sir George Brown seated, and officers of the Light Division of the British Army, mostly standing, wearing uniforms and hats.

Although he could not capture any battle scenes due to the effort of setting up his heavy equipment, the images include British troops in a cavalry camp in Ukraine. In the photo: General Sir George Brown seated, and officers of the Light Division of the British Army, mostly standing, wearing uniforms and hats.

The Crimean War took place between October 1853 and March 1856, and was fought between a coalition of the British, French, Ottoman and Sardinian Empire against the Russian Empire. In the photo: a British captain on horseback with another man, possibly a servant, standing at the horse's head

The Crimean War took place between October 1853 and March 1856, and was fought between a coalition of the British, French, Ottoman and Sardinian Empire against the Russian Empire. In the photo: a British captain on horseback with another man, possibly a servant, standing at the horse's head

The Crimean War took place between October 1853 and March 1856, and was fought between a coalition of the British, French, Ottoman and Sardinian Empire against the Russian Empire. In the photo: a British captain on horseback with another man, possibly a servant, standing at the horse's head

Here, a majestic naval pier docks at the Balaklava harbor next to the old Genoese castle. Balaklava is an ancient city on the Crimean peninsula and part of the city of Sevastopol

Here, a majestic naval pier docks at the Balaklava harbor next to the old Genoese castle. Balaklava is an ancient city on the Crimean peninsula and part of the city of Sevastopol

Here, a majestic naval pier docks at the Balaklava harbor next to the old Genoese castle. Balaklava is an ancient city on the Crimean peninsula and part of the city of Sevastopol

Rows and rows of tents are seen in the British Cavalry Camp in Ukraine looking towards Kadikoi, approximately one mile north of Balaklava. The battle of Balaklava was fought in the hills and valleys north of Kadikoi in 1854.

Rows and rows of tents are seen in the British Cavalry Camp in Ukraine looking towards Kadikoi, approximately one mile north of Balaklava. The battle of Balaklava was fought in the hills and valleys north of Kadikoi in 1854.

Rows and rows of tents are seen in the British Cavalry Camp in Ukraine looking towards Kadikoi, approximately one mile north of Balaklava. The battle of Balaklava was fought in the hills and valleys north of Kadikoi in 1854.

On paper, the conflict began due to a dispute between France and Russia over who should have authority over Christians residing in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, however, it was about power.

The new emperor of France, Napoleon III, wanted France to re-impose its authority on the international stage, and saw the gradual weakening of the Ottoman Empire as an opportunity for France to flex its muscles and try to intimidate the Ottomans to bow before the French pressure.

After the Ottomans refused to renounce their earlier agreement with the Russians, France essentially threatened them to change their allegiance, something for which the Russians were not very happy.

Britain, whose relations with France had been, at best, unstable up to this point, decided to side with the French in any case, since they did not want to see Russia expand its influence when the Ottoman Empire began to retreat .

On paper, the war broke out due to a dispute between France and Russia over who should have authority over Christians residing in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, however, it was about power. Here, the allied leaders sit at a table.

On paper, the war broke out due to a dispute between France and Russia over who should have authority over Christians residing in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, however, it was about power. Here, the allied leaders sit at a table.

On paper, the war broke out due to a dispute between France and Russia over who should have authority over Christians residing in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, however, it was about power. Here, the allied leaders sit at a table.

The tombs of Brigadier General Strangways, Brigadier General Goldie and General Cathcart on Cathcart Hill. The site, named after the tomb of General Cathcart, was the main cemetery for British soldiers who died during the Crimean War. It was also used as a point of observation, since from there the commanders could see the progress of the Siege of Sevastopol.

The tombs of Brigadier General Strangways, Brigadier General Goldie and General Cathcart on Cathcart Hill. The site, named after the tomb of General Cathcart, was the main cemetery for British soldiers who died during the Crimean War. It was also used as a point of observation, since from there the commanders could see the progress of the Siege of Sevastopol.

The tombs of Brigadier General Strangways, Brigadier General Goldie and General Cathcart on Cathcart Hill. The site, named after the tomb of General Cathcart, was the main cemetery for British soldiers who died during the Crimean War. It was also used as a point of observation, since from there the commanders could see the progress of the Siege of Sevastopol.

After Russia attacked a fleet of Ottoman ships moored in Sinop, destroying several, both France and Britain joined the Ottomans to declare war on them.

What followed was a long prolonged campaign that consisted of several battles, namely, Crimea, Crimea and Azov, the last of which took place at sea.

The Crimean campaign presented the infamous charge of the light brigade, and in fact saw public opinion in Britain turn against a war to which they had previously been in favor.

After Russia attacked a fleet of Ottoman ships moored in Sinop, destroying several, both France and Britain joined the Ottomans to declare war on them.

After Russia attacked a fleet of Ottoman ships moored in Sinop, destroying several, both France and Britain joined the Ottomans to declare war on them.

After Russia attacked a fleet of Ottoman ships moored in Sinop, destroying several, both France and Britain joined the Ottomans to declare war on them.

What followed was a long prolonged campaign that consisted of several battles, namely, Crimea, Crimea and Azov, the last of which took place at sea. In the photo: Captain Hall and a group of 14.

What followed was a long prolonged campaign that consisted of several battles, namely, Crimea, Crimea and Azov, the last of which took place at sea. In the photo: Captain Hall and a group of 14.

What followed was a long prolonged campaign that consisted of several battles, namely, Crimea, Crimea and Azov, the last of which took place at sea. In the photo: Captain Hall and a group of 14.

The Crimean campaign presented the infamous charge of the light brigade, and in fact saw public opinion in Britain turn against a war to which they had previously been in favor. In the photo: Lieutenant Colonel Lord Burghersh

The Crimean campaign presented the infamous charge of the light brigade, and in fact saw public opinion in Britain turn against a war to which they had previously been in favor. In the photo: Lieutenant Colonel Lord Burghersh

The Crimean campaign presented the infamous charge of the light brigade, and in fact saw public opinion in Britain turn against a war to which they had previously been in favor. In the photo: Lieutenant Colonel Lord Burghersh

The war finally ended with the Paris Congress, in which Russia returned certain areas to the Ottomans, while they themselves were given back several ports that had been taken by the British and French during the conflict.

In total, the Ottomans lost approximately 45,000 men, the French 135,000 and the British 40,000, while the Russians lost more than 500,000.

The vast majority of the victims suffered in the war were due to illnesses or reasons not related to combat, instead of dying in action.

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