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Inkerman, battle of

Inkerman, battle of, 1854. In November 1854 an Anglo-French force was besieging Sebastopol in the Crimea. On 5 November a Russian army under Menshikov attacked at Inkerman, hoping to drive from the field forces supporting the besiegers. Despite having superior numbers, perhaps 50,000 to 15,000 allies, the Russian attacks were badly co-ordinated. The appalling nature of the terrain, and thick fog, ensured that Inkerman was a ‘soldier's battle’, with attacks and counter-attacks launched in an ad hoc and haphazard fashion. The arrival of allied reinforcements eventually forced the Russians to withdraw, having lost about 12,000 men to the allies' 3,400.

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