Lead: England and France wanted to teach Russia a lesson. They declared war in 1854.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Fearful of Russian expansion into the Balkans, Britain and France decided to take the port of Sebastopol located on the Crimean peninsula which jutted out into the Black Sea from the southern Russian. In the fall of 1854 British and French set up their headquarters in the Port of Balaclava southeast of Sebastopol and from there conducted assaults on the City.

In the meantime the Russians had not been idle, they had an army of about 25,000 at the center of the peninsula and were beginning to pick at the edges of Allied lines.