The Crimean War was yet another conflict between Russia and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) for control of the Black Sea basin. The Western powers sided with Turkey: Great Britain, France and Sardinia, who wanted to prevent Russian expansion in the Middle East. The destruction of Turkey would have meant Russia’s hegemony in the area. In the spring of 1854, the conflict developed from a regional conflict to a clash of major European powers. The brutal and bloody war was fought primarily on the Crimean peninsula and major battles took place in the region of Sevastopol.

Learn about interesting facts from the Crimean War and discover how Sevastopol was besieged for almost a year on our new infographic.