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The 20th Foot at the Battle of Inkerman.

The 20th Foot at the Battle of Inkerman.

The Allied armies of Britain, France, and Turkey landed on the Crimea on September 15, 1854 and began advancing south towards Sevastopol. Defeating the Russians at the Battle of Alma five days later, the Allied leaders could not agree on a plan of attack and delayed assaulting the city allowing the Russians to improve its defenses. Finally marching east of Sevastopol, they approached from the south and began siege operations. Seeking to disrupt these, the Russian commander, Prince Alexander Menshikov, directed his forces to attack the British base at Balaclava.

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