Crimean War: French troops at Sebastopol

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Victorian illustration to download showing French troops within their fortification during the siege of Sebastopol in 1855. The parapet is made of gabions (large wicker cylinders filled with soil) topped by sandbags. Snipers fire and reload their rifles. Other soldiers dig a trench using pickaxes. In the foreground rifles and backpacks are stacked, along with a drum. One soldier watches food cooking over an open fire. The siege of Sebastopol lasted from October 1854 to September 1855.