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The battle of the Alma
- Landed 15 miles away from Sevastopol with 4 rivers including the Alma inbetween on 14 September 1854
- Began marching on 19th September meeting Russian army on the Alma
- Russians had 8 heavy siege guns, "The Great Battery"
- Russians did not have great defence for the guns nor was anything built to prevent the French from the coastal high ground.
- The next morning, the French began the attack with the British behind.
- The British infantry advanced towards the river in a line. The battery opened fired with considerable effect both physical and psychological.
- On the far side of the river was a steep six foot bank which caused a halt in the advance - terraced and walled making it difficult for the regiments to reform after the river crossing.
- Regiments reached the Russian Battery to find that the guns had been hastily limbered up and were being removed to the rear.