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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 Crimean War?

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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? These sources clearly suggest that the British army leaders had not been concerned about the welfare of the British soldiers. However keeping this in mind, in source 2 Lord Raglan states ?my thoughts are occupied in attempting to provide for the various needs? but also within this source he also mentions that it was not in his power to ?lighten the burden of their duties? but we know that Raglan had been one of the main in charge so this suggests that Raglan had been trying to shift the blame off himself in order to preserve his own reputation. ...read more.

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that the soldiers had been in, and also about how there had been no appropriate supplies organised, for example essentials such as warm clothing or waterproof equipment. William Russell within this report also made a bold statement saying ?not a soul seems to care ?which contradicts with what was said in Raglans letter when he had mentioned that he was doing his best to provide for the soldiers needs. Even though source 1 had been written by a reporter who was there at the time, William Russell was writing for ?The Times? which gives us a reason to doubt what he was saying to be true as news paper often exaggerate and are writing to persuade on a particular side of an argument. ...read more.

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Lieutenant was also writing to only inform the public on what it was actually like to have been there therefore it is a good first hand story of somebody to have participated themselves. To conclude, looking at the comments made within all three of the sources it is clear that it is possible to say that Lord Raglan may have thought about the issues that were faced by the troops however he did not do enough to sort out the extreme conditions that they were in. Both sources 1 and 3 talk about the very bad organization made by the army prior to the start of the war and once started none of the leaders were willing to make changes in order to provide for these poor troops that were clearly suffering from the Russian Winter. ...read more.

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