At the time of moving this file to the blog, there are ever increasing tensions in the Crimea as politicians once again jockey for power and generals get set to flex their muscles.
The Crimean War Memorial is situated on Waterloo Place, at the junction of Lower Regent Street and Pall Mall in London, It was originally unveiled in 1859, and cast in bronze from cannons captured at the siege of Sebastopol. The sculptor was John Bell.
Like so many other wars, the Crimean War was about allegiance, expansionism and ambition, and it was widely reported on in Britain. It also highlighted the plight of the wounded and brought the work of Florence Nightingale to the fore.
Whether this current incident will erupt into a full scale conflict remains to be seen, but I do hope that those involved will go read their history books and step away from the triggers.
© DRW 2008-2018. Created 30/08/2008. Images replaced 20/02/2013. Moved to blog 02/03/2014