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How far do the sources suggest that the British army leaders were not concerned with the welfare of soldiers in the British army during the Crimean War?

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´╗┐Olivia Clinton How far do the sources suggest that the British army leaders were not concerned with the welfare of soldiers in the British army? The sources overall show that the concern of the soldiers welfare in the British army is known and that the army leader were aware but had small intentions of doing anything to rectify the problem of their extremely poor conditions. Source one shows that the army leaders were not at all concerned with the welfare of the British soldiers. It is a report by the principle war correspondent with suggests that it is a reliable source and also that there is no attempt to ?hide? the awful conditions by the army leaders... There is the implication that ?not a soul seems to care for their comfort or even for their lives? which supports the statement because it proposes that the army leaders see the soldiers a dispensable and easily replaced. The soldiers are seen as unimportant as they ?have not either warm or waterproof clothing? in the middle of winter, just because they have are not in the same social class as the leaders. ...read more.

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He also blames the “inefficiency of the staff” and uses them as scape goats to divert the problem from him, which seems to be the theme of the letter. It subtlety also, confirms that the soldiers are working too hard, which is the apparent idea of source one. Source three, like source one criticises the army leaders, but more so on the lack of services that are fundamental for the welfare of the soldiers. It is an extract from an ex-soldier from the Crimean war, Lieutenant Colonel Antony Sterling, which was judging the way the war was run. It is a first-hand account and so could be seen as a trustworthy source. He implies the mismanagement of the war departments and compares Britain to France, which slightly mocks GB. Sterling suggests that the British were naïve in thinking that peace would remain and services would not be needed. It agrees with the statement because it suggests there is no “permanent wagon-train…commissariat… or ambulance” for the soldiers, which is important for their welfare. ...read more.

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Source two, because it is from Lord Raglan, shows that the army leaders are slightly concerned because if they weren?t, he would not praise ?their untiring efforts? and ?unwavering close attention to their duties? and say so to the queen of England. He also says that his ?whole time and all my thoughts are occupied in attempting to provide the various needs of your majesty?s troops? so indicates that there was some concern for their welfare, and from the highest person in charge. In conclusion, the overall concept of the British army leaders not being concerned with the welfare of the British soldiers is confirmed by sources one and three, as they both are useful in getting an accurate view in how the war was run and underscores the poor conditions thoroughly. And even though source two shows a little concern from Lord Raglan, the idea of substandard quality and treatment is known to him and not much is done about it, making the source slightly contradictory to itself and stresses the other two in their definitiveness. ...read more.

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