Robert Portal in Sevastopol - 7 June, 1855

from Diaries of Robert Portal, 7 June 1855:

At 6 o’ clock by signal the French storm and carry the Marmalon in 7 minutes, they follow the Russians to the Malakoff wh[ich] they cannot enter and are driven back to the Marmalon, the Russians drive them out of it, but they rally and retake it – and a 2d time they attempt to take the Malakoff…total loss is estimated as French between 3 & 4000, English between 13 & 1400 amongst whom are 34 Officers. The firing was perfectly terrific while this was going on. But the soldiers looking on cheered and the bands played.
cite as

Robert Portal, Diaries of Robert Portal, 7 June 1855. In Hampshire Record Office, Portal of Laverstoke Papers, number 6A08/A8/1-5. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Sevastopol


Robert Portal
Officer (armed forces)

Listening to

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military bands in the Crimea

Experience Information

Date/Time 7 June, 1855
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Originally submitted by th4 on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:44:41 +0000