THE DEFENCE OF SEVASTOPOL (1854 - 1855) (Undying Pride of the Ukraine)

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(Why is Ukraine/Russia proud of the defence of Sevastopol?)


The siege of Sevastopol is a celebrated battle which saw the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, France, Turkey and Italy (Sardinia) act as a coalition against the city of Sevastopol.

The defence of Sevastopol during the Crimean war has entered the history of Ukraine as one of the cherished pages of the art of war.

The coalition's forces were much greater than those of Sevastopol. Sevastopol being a city on coast had a big fleet of 14 sailing battle ships, 6 sailing and 6 steam engine frigates as well as other ships and 24.5 thousand of naval depots and the city garrison of 7 thousand people. While the coalition's forces consisted of 34 battleships, 55 frigates and a 67 thousand people army. But it still took the coalition almost a year (349 days: from 13th Sept.

1854 until 27th Aug. 1855)to conquer just one city. Even Stalin later on stated "England and France together were dealing with the siege of just one Sevastopol for a whole year."

Even though Sevastopol was defeated in the end, but Ukrainians are still proud of it, for what reason? The reason for that is the amount of heroism that was displayed during this year; it has impressed even the enemy as well as other foreign countries. F. Engels said that "The Russian soldier is one of the most brave soldier in Europe ... it is easier to shoot the Russians than to make them retreat."


On the 10th of September the army of the enemy moved towards Sevastopol. First they came to the north side of it, but decided not to attack, most probably thinking that it was well fortified. These thoughts were...