The Winter Soldiers : Sergent Jack Crossman and the Attack on Kertch Harbour Paperback
The fourth Crimea adventure for Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman and his band of brothers Jack Crossman and the privations of war during a Russian winter, in which a few hardy soldiers cause confusion and havoc among the enemy.
After the battle of Inkerman on 5th November 1854 the British Army face a terrible winter with inadequate provisions and clothing.
In this grim season Sergeant Jack Crossman and his men are billeted at Kadikoi village near Balaclave harbour, with instructions to blow up the magazine in the Russian Star Fort.
Yet it transpires this is not to be Crossman's main mission.
His true task is to spy on a British general accused of corruption, and to bring about his downfall.
Set against a bleak backdrop it is only the grit and determination of Crossman and his men which allows them to survive against all odds in the field.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/07/2003
- Category: War & combat fiction
- ISBN: 9781841197227
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Review by BruderBane
It took me some time to track down and much finagling to obtain a copy of "The Winter Soldiers." I was in a bit of a lather trying to find a copy due to the fact that a number of respectable fellow readers recommended Garry Douglas Kilworth. Mr. Kilworth was not worth my valiant effort. While entertaining at times "The Winter Soldier" falls far short in the areas of war and history. First of all there is no addendum or afterward featuring historical facts of the era and the resources Mr. Kilworth used. Second, The titular line states "Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman and the attack on Kertch Harbour" but this battle was featured on all of two pages out of the two-hundred eighty, from initiation to denouement. However what was most frustrating were the missing historical nuances of the plight of average soldiers. What I read about was Fancy Jack's peloton and their conditions, which were far more favorable than the average soldiers'.
Review by jamespurcell
Another good entry in this excellent series. Black ops, Crimean Style, continue and keep Gentleman Jack and his "peloton" busy on land and sea. The bookends with a rousing battle scene as the French and British struggle to take Sebastopol.