British Defense Minister Ben Wallace threatened Russia to "repeat" the events of the Crimean War of 1853-1856 and said that London is always ready to "kick" Moscow. In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense advised the British military personnel "to study well not only the geography of Russia, but also its history." London, if necessary, is always ready to strike at Russian interests anywhere in the world. This was stated by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace in a conversation with the military of the kingdom when visiting the building of the Horse Guards, located in central London.
“The Scottish Guards kicked Tsar Nicholas I in 1853 in the Crimea. We can always repeat this,” said the Minister of Defense.
According to Wallace, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the same mistake as Emperor Nicholas I when he went into confrontation with the West.
“Tsar Nicholas I made the mistake that Putin has now made. He had no friends, no alliances,” said the head of the Defense Ministry.
Wallace added that Putin's actions "brought the madness to a new level" ("has gone "full tonto").
The Independent reported that these words were not used in an official speech, but when the minister was "chatting" with the military.
As The Scotsman notes, the head of the Ministry of Defense himself was once an officer in the Scottish Guards and delivered his speech against the backdrop of a large picture that depicts the Inkerman battle of the Crimean War.
Wallace made his statement after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced London's intention to provide Kiev with a "new military aid package" in the near future, including defensive equipment. Earlier, the head of the British Cabinet announced a new package of economic support for Kiev in the amount of $500 million to mitigate the consequences of "Russian aggression".
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According to the Russian Ministry of DefenseThe Russian Ministry of Defense, in response to the statement of the head of the military department of the United Kingdom, recommended that the British servicemen "study well not only the geography of Russia, but also its history."
“Especially for the British military, it will be useful to know that today's statements by their Minister of War about the Crimean War are nothing more than mythology. For the glory of Her Majesty, we recommend that British military personnel study well not only the geography of Russia, but also its history. In order not to enrich our common military history with our lives for the sake of poorly educated British politicians, ”said Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry.
According to him, the head of the British Foreign Office, Liz Truss, while in Moscow, "has already demonstrated her wonderful knowledge of the geography of Russia." “The public delving into the history of Russia by British Defense Minister Ben Wallace is no longer surprising,” Konashenkov said.
He called the words of the British Minister of War about the Crimean War "mythology".
“The Balaklava battle of the Crimean War on October 25, 1854, did not go down in history at all thanks to the stubbornness of the Scottish 93rd regiment, about which Wallace spoke so drunkenly.
The only feat of this unit was that it simply did not run away, like the rest, from the onslaught of the Russian cavalry, ”said a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry.
A more striking event of the battle, according to the major general, was the destruction of the English brigade of light cavalry by Russian artillery "in just 20 minutes."
“It was this “feat” of the British in the Crimean War that enriched all the languages of the world and military textbooks with the concept of “cannon fodder,” Konashenkov noted.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation spoke about the episode of the Battle of Balaklava, which went down in history as the "Attack of the Light Brigade." This catastrophic attack by the British cavalry under Lord Cardigan, according to historians, was the result of a misunderstanding in the transmission of the order. When trying to attack the Russian artillery on the open plain, according to various estimates, from 300 to 400 British were killed.
A participant in the battle, French General Pierre Bosquet, commenting on the actions of the British cavalry, uttered the famous phrase: "It's great, but this is not war: this is madness."
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Historians on the "repetition" of the Crimean WarRussian military historian Boris Yulin, in a conversation with, expressed the opinion that the current situation really resembles the time on the eve of the Crimean War.
“The Russian Empire lost the Crimean War, where then the Western powers allegedly stood up for Turkey, in fact, in fact, provoking a conflict.
There is a certain analogy, now there is also a gradual escalation of the state of war by hysteria, and indeed a rather hostile coalition has formed against Russia. A rather unpleasantly similar situation,” he said.
In turn, the historian Yevgeny Ponasenkov called the results of the Crimean War catastrophic for Russia.“Indeed, England and France won, the British troops worked and fought harmoniously, really, effectively. You understand, then the infrastructure in Russia could not stand it, because then we did not have developed railways, soldiers were sent to die, no one brought ammunition on time, there was inconsistency in actions, and so on. It's been a disaster," he said.
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Scots Guards in the Crimean WarThe Scottish Guards, mentioned by the British Minister of Defense, fought in the Crimean War as part of the British army. They took part in the battles on the Alma River, as well as near Inkerman against the troops of the Russian Empire. The guards were also part of the troops besieging Sevastopol. However, the most famous episode involving the Scots Guards occurred during the battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 and went down in history under the name "Thin Red Line".
On September 27, 1854, with overwhelming superiority, the British army and navy captured Balaklava, and then turned the city into the main supply base for their expeditionary army in the Crimea.
According to the English version, the 93rd Scottish Infantry Regiment remained the last cover for the allied forces from the breakthrough of the Russian army into the military camp in Balaklava. Before the Cossacks attacked, the Scots commander Colin Campbell ordered his soldiers to line up in two ranks, although the charter in such cases provides for four ranks. Times journalist William Russell described the guards as "a thin red band bristling with steel".
British journalists reported that Campbell told his soldiers: “There will be no order to withdraw, boys. You must die where you stand." To which Campbell's adjutant replied: “Yes, Sir Colin. If necessary, we will do it.”
The expression "thin red line" as a symbol of courageous defense with the last strength has entered into a steady circulation in many Western countries.
However, the attack never happened. The Cossacks suddenly abandoned the offensive, stopping 500 meters from the hill. The Scots opened fire on the cavalry, thus exposing their positions.
The Canadian historian George Denison in his book The History of the Cavalry wrote: “The Russian squadrons were not going to attack at all, but simply made a demonstration in order to encourage the enemy to deploy their forces; therefore, when the 93rd regiment appeared on the hill, they, considering their job done, turned back.