Crimean Memories: Artefacts of the Crimean War
Will Hutchison, Michael Vice, B.J. Small
Schiffer Publishing (2009)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (02/10)
What these men, Hutchison, Vice and Small, have done is amazing. I was in awe from the first high-quality page to the last. “Crimean Memories” is one of the most complete volumes of uniforms, weapons, badges and other artefacts of the Crimean War that I have ever seen. In the book, it says the authors spent nearly two years doing the research that went into this comprehensive book. The pictures are of such high quality that it would put Britannica to shame. The authors have scoured museums and books from many different sources and their tedious work paid off in a fine volume of knowledgeable art.
I was very impressed with the thoroughness of each of the descriptions. They were very detailed and included a bit of the history. This gave the pictures life and brought it all into perspective.
The way the book was compiled with all the different sections, makes it a convenient tool for any researcher. I found that I could easily access any item that I wanted to look up. This was a major plus because with its 349 pages, it would take forever to find a particular photo had it not been sectioned off in this way.
“Crimean Memories” is a fantastic book; the quality of the print, the excellent binding and especially the photographs and writing, all combined to form a top-shelf product. It is an impressive collector’s piece that one can be proud to own and add to their library. I recommend this picture book of the Crimean War highly to old and young alike and gave it my highest rating of A+.