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By Ron Field

The half performed within the Civil struggle (1861-1865) by means of the small Marine Corps of the United and accomplice States is overshadowed through the confrontations of the nice armies. however, the coastal and riverine campaigns have been of actual value, given the strategic importance of the Federal blockade of southern ports, and of the fight for the Mississippi River. Marines donning blue and gray fought in lots of dramatic activities afloat and ashore – ship-to-ship engagements, cutting-out expeditions, and coastal landings. This ebook deals a accomplished precis of all such battles, illustrated with infrequent early images, and meticulously researched colour plates detailing the customarily vague trivialities of Marine uniforms and gear.

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Britain’s Vice Admiral Sir Edward Codrington served as overall commander of a fleet including three ships of the line and four frigates from Britain, four ships of the line and four frigates from Russia, and three ships of the line and two frigates from France. The Turco-Egyptian fleet, commanded by Ibrahim, son of the pasha of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, included seven ships of the line, fifteen frigates and over forty smaller warships, operating out of Navarino Bay on the Morean coast. When Ibrahim refused to accede to allied demands to evacuate all Egyptian forces from the Greek mainland, on 20 October 1827 Codrington led his fleet into the bay.

The first three, the 1,575-ton Dévastation, Lave and Tonnante, could steam at just 4 knots, sufficient only for manoeuvring, and had to be towed from Toulon to their first battle stations off Kinburn (17 October 1855). Their performance in the bombardment of the Russian fort there reinforced Napoleon iii’s belief that future capital ships must be armoured. Historians still disagree over whether shell guns really were the decisive factor at Sinope or the armoured batteries at Kinburn, but at the time the French emperor was confident they were, and his convictions shaped subsequent developments.

In the 1820s and ’30s Britain used its naval power in support of a liberal revolution in Portugal, where it carried more weight than intimidation by the armies of the conservative Continental powers. 45 The deployment of British naval forces in Portuguese and Dutch waters kept Palmerston out of a Near Eastern crisis in 1832–3, when the sultan’s former ally and nominal vassal, Mehemet Ali of Egypt, marched on Constantinople. The desperate Turks turned for help to the Russians, who intervened to save them but, at the same time, made the Ottoman Empire a virtual Russian protectorate.

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