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Mike Tanner30 Sep 2021 1:36 p.m. PST

I remember reading a short series of novels about the Crimean War back in the early 1970s when I was a young lad. They centered around the adventures of a young English Infantry officer. I seem to remember the books being an eye opener for me as a child that the crimean War was not very glorious, and those taking part suffered a great deal from the elements, combat and an indifferent leadership.

Does anyone know the series or name of the author. I'd love to have a chance of a reread of the books before I finally pop my clogs. All my Google searches have come up blank and you guys are my last hope.

Ed von HesseFedora30 Sep 2021 2:30 p.m. PST

Probably the books by V.A. Stuart, the Alex Sheridan series. I think only one or two are in the Crimea and the others in the Indian Mutiny.

Alexander Sheridan Series
Like Victors and Lords (1964) a.k.a. Victors and Lords a.k.a. Captain of Cavalry[7]
The Sepoy Mutiny (1973) a.k.a. Mutiny in Meerut a.k.a. Mutiny at Dawn
Massacre at Cawnpore (1973)
Cannons of Lucknow (1974) a.k.a. Battle for Lucknow
The Heroic Garrison (1973)

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2021 2:36 p.m. PST

well, continuing on that theme…while it isn't what you asked, how about the same author's Philip Hazard series, 8 books, RN officer. really good series.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

There is a newer series Malcolm Archibald
- with Jack Windrush
1. Windrush (2016)
2. Crimea (2016)
3. Blood Price (2017)
4. Cry Havelock (2017)
5. Jayanti's Pawns (2018)
6. Warriors Of God (2019)
7. Agent Of The Queen (2020)
8. The City Of Dreadful Death (2020)
9. Beyond The Frontier (2021)

BTW Is it possible you are looking for Flashman At the Charge?

Mike Tanner30 Sep 2021 3:19 p.m. PST

Thank you for your input guys. I borrowed the books I am after from the local library so I am guessing they were publshed in the 1960S.

Mike Tanner30 Sep 2021 3:31 p.m. PST

BTW Is it possible you are looking for Flashman At the Charge?

I am afraid not. I am certain the hero of the books was an Infantry officer. I remember for certain one battle he was involved in was Balaclava or that Balaclava was part of the title of the book. I also remember an incident where men had died inside their tents because of CO1 poisoning from the paraffin heater they had been using.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2021 5:07 a.m. PST

Anyone remember the "Dando" novels?


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2021 5:08 a.m. PST

So…Mike Tanner…which books were you actually after???

Huscarle01 Oct 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

Yes Dave, I remember Dando and have all 5 of the books, rather good from what I remember grin
1. Dando on Delhi Ridge (1971)
2. Dando and the Summer Palace (1972)
3. The Tune That They Play (1973)
4. Dando and the Mad Emperor (1974)
5. Blood of an Englishman (1975)

A bit later (written about 20 years ago), but does anyone know what the Fancy Jack Crossman series by Garry Kilworth are like? I have a few, but am wondering if it is worthwhile hunting out at least the 1st 2 in the series?

Mike Tanner01 Oct 2021 11:32 a.m. PST

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this topic.

I have ordered Like Victors and Lords (1964) from Amazon for the read. And because I now doubt my own memory (was the hero actually an Infantry officer?) I also ordered Drummond, of the 17th Lancers: A Novel of the Crimean War, this work was originally published in 1889 in three volumes. The original books I read also came in a set of three if I remember correctly. I will report back if I got lucky with the Drummond book.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2021 1:28 p.m. PST

I have the Fancy Jack Crossman series by Garry Kilworth books, they are good, but he makes Fancy Jack into a gentleman Sharpe character, behind the lines spying, things like that. The author can be pretty dry at times.

Huscarle02 Oct 2021 12:48 a.m. PST

Thanks Irish, I'll probably pick up the missing ones, but I'll be in no hurry, as I've plenty of others to read or re-read 1st. grin

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 10:23 p.m. PST

May books by G A Henty

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