WELLESLEY, Colonel F. A. With the Russians in Peace and War. Recollections of a Military Attache. London, Eveleigh Nash, 19058vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover in blind; pp. viii, 324; photogrpvure portrait of general Todleben with captioned tissue guard; light marking to cloth, occasional light spotting; otherwise good.
~b~First edition, signed by the author in 1926.~i~ 'Colonel Frederick Arthur Wellesley served as Great Britain's Military Attache to Russia during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). Almost three decades after the Crimean War (during which England sided with France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire against Russia), relations between Great Britain and Russia were still bad. Wellesley provides unparalleled insights into Tsar Alexander II, the most senior civilian and military members of the Russian Empire, and the Russian Army. His portrait is not a flattering one. The author makes it clear that he prefers the Ottoman to the Russians. At the beginning of the conflict Wellesley believed the Turks would win. He singles out rampant corruption at all levels as the single most important item undermining the ability of the Russian Army to defeat it's enemy' (review of a modern edition by Gilberto Villahermosa).