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To what extent did the Crimean War see a change in the conduct of warfare?

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To what extent did the Crimean War see a change in the conduct of warfare? The Crimean War started at the end of March 1854 when the allies, Great Britain and France, declared war on Russia. This was the first armed conflict in Europe between the great powers since 1815. This 39 year gap had a great impact on the conduct of warfare. Important changes were made, especially in technical warfare like weaponry, and communication, but also in tactics and supplies. However, even though the Crimean War saw some important changes in the conduct of warfare, there were still parts in which old, conservative methods were used. The Crimean war saw some influential and important changes in the use and methods of weaponry. Throughout the years, weapons got developed. A great change in weaponry was the invention of the Minie Bullet. It got used with the Minie Rifle, which was much more accurate, had a range of approximately 600 yards, hit harder, was cheaper and could still be fitted with a bayonet. ...read more.

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The introduction of Steamships made a much quicker and more effective transport on sea possible, not being dependent on Wind anymore. Armies could now be transported much quicker than before. This was particularly an advantage to the British and French, who could, during the Crimean War, mobilise their armies much quicker now, while it took the Russians a much longer time. However, an even bigger effect on the supply system was the introduction of railways. After Inkerman, the allies had to face great problems. The winter was very cold, which led to the death of some thousand soldiers, either because of cold, disease, or hunger. To overcome these problems, a railway was built, being the first tactical railway ever. From now on, 240 tons of equipment and food were sent to the front every day. The supply-system got improved. The introduction of the telegraph was another great change in the conduct of warfare. ...read more.

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Even though there were quite a few changes introduced, during the Crimean War, there still existed old, conservative ways in the conduct of warfare. One major problem were the casualties. The casualty lists were horrendous, the tactics were still focused on the Napoleonic column charge, and there was still much old, of age weaponry. The legend of Napoleonic tactics was more powerful than modern weapons. The advantage of the modern weapons was especially shown during the battle of Balaclava (ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade, and the cavalry charge). However, over all, it is arguable to say that the Crimean War saw some great changes in the conduct of warfare, especially in weaponry and supplies. Of course there were still old fashioned and conservative ways in the conduct of warfare, but the progress of changing warfare was one, which needed time. And the several changes and effects were to be more fully felt in battles, in the next 15 years. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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