Siege of Sevastopol

The Eastern Question

Europe 1854.1105

Siege of Sevastopol

The Second French Empire, the Crimean War and the Anglo-Persian War (5 November 1854)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The Allies decided to destroy Russian power in the Black Sea by capturing the key naval base of Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula. While they were en route, Austria succeeded in pressuring Russia to withdraw from Moldavia and Wallachia. This could have ended the war, but the Allies sailed on to besiege Sevastopol and punish the Russians nonetheless.

Main Events

Austra & Prussia declare neutrality

Austrian Empire and Kingdom of Prussia declare their neutrality in Crimean War

Allies occupy Piraeus

French Empire and Great Britain occupy Piraeus to enforce Greek neutrality in Crimean War

Allies take Bomarsund

Forces from Great Britain and the French Empire capture the Russian fortress of Bomarsund on the Aland Islands

Austria occupies Moldavia & Wallachia

Austrian Empire occupies Danubian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in agreement with Ottoman Empire and in wake of Russian withdrawal

Allies land in Crimea

Allied expeditionary force lands at Calamita Bay, southeast of Eupatoria, in Crimea, Russian Empire

Allies besiege Sevastopol

French, British, and Ottoman forces begin the siege of the important naval base of Sevastopol, Russian Empire

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