I am grateful to 'Corporal Scott Gutzke' of Battery B, 4th US Light Cavalry for gracious permission to use this material which has been taken from its web site. Copyright, of course, remains with Battery B. — Marjie Bloy Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore

Date Event
1853
March 2 Menshikov arrives in Constantinople with demands on the Porte
May 21 Menshikov leaves Constantinople, breaking off relations
May 31 Russian ultimatum to Turkey
June 8 British Fleet approaches Dardanelles
July 3 Russian army crosses the Pruth into Moldavia
October 5 Turkey declares war on Russia
October 28 Turkish army crosses the Danube at Kalafat
October 30 British Fleet enters the Bosphorus
November 4 Russians defeated by Turks at Oltenitza
November 30 Turkish naval squadron destroyed at Sinope
1854
January 4 Allied fleets enter the Black Sea
January 8 Russians invade the Dobruja
February 23 The Guards leave England
March 10 Baltic Fleet leaves Spithead
March 19 French troops sail for Turkey
March 20 French Baltic Fleet sails
March 28 France and Great Britain declare war on Russia
April 5 British arrive at Gallipoli
April 14 Russians besiege Silistria
April 18 Turkish victory at Rahova
April 20 Austria and Prussia declare their neutrality
April 22 Bombardment of Odessa
May 28 Embarkation of Allied force for Varna
June 23 Russians abandon the siege of Silitria
June 26 Allied fleet arrives off Kronstadt
July 7 Russians defeated at Giurgevo
July 28 Russians withdraw across Pruth 
Russians defeat Turks at Bayezid in Asia Minor
August 13 Allies besiege Bomarsund
August 16 Surrender of Bomarsund
August 21 Bombardment of Kola, in the White Sea, by British squadron
August 30 British naval failure at Petropaulovsk
September 5 Allies embark at Varna for Crimea
September 14 Landing at Calamita Bay
September 19 Encounter at River Bulganek
September 20 Battle of Alma
September 23 Russian fleet scuttled in Sebastopol
September 24 Arrival of Colonel Williams at Kars 
'Flank March' of the allies round Sebastopol
September 26 British arrive at Balaclava
September 29 Death of St Arnaud
October 12 Times Fund set up
October 13 Patriotic Fund set up
October 17 First bombardment of Sevastopol
October 23 Departure of Florence Nightingale and 38 nurses from England
October 25 Battle of Balaclava
Charge of the Heavy Brigade
Charge of the Light Brigade
October 26 Russian attack of 'Little Inkerman'
November 5 Battle of Inkerman
Florence Nightingale arrives at Scutari
November 14 Hurricane in Crimea
December 22 Sir Edmund Lyons replaces Admiral Dundas as commander of British Fleet
December 24 Admiral Bruat succeeds Admiral Hamelin in command of French Fleet
1855
January 10 Russian feint attack on Balaclava
January 17 Russian attack on Eupatoria
January 26 Sardinia joins the Allies
January 31 Fall of Lord Aberdeen's government
February 05 Lord Palmerston forms new government
February 20 Allied attack across the Chernaya frustrated by snow storms
February 22 Russians seize and fortify the Mamelon
February 24 French attack on 'White Works' defeated
March 2 Death of Tsar Nicholas I, succession of Alexander II who recalls Menshikov
March 15 Vienna conference opens
April 4 Second Baltic expedition leaves Spithead
April 9 Second Bombardment of Sebastopol
April 26 Vienna conference closes
May 1 Fierce fighting on the French left, at the Quarantine Cemetery
May 2 First expedition sails for Kertch and is recalled by Canrobert
May 16 Canrobert resigns command of French army and is succeeded by Pelissier
May 23 Expedition to Kertch sails again
May 25 Capture of Kertch and Yenikale
May 26 Allied naval forces enter Sea of Azof
June 5 Massacre of boats' crew at Hango
June 6 Third Bombardment of Sebastopol
June 8-9 Capture of the 'White Works', the Mamelon and The Quarries by the Allies
June 16 First Russian attack at Kars
June 17 Fourth Bombardment of Sebastopol
June 18 Main assault on the Malakov and Redan defeated with heavy loss
June 28 Death of Lord Raglan
July 1 General Sir James Simpson appointed to command British Army
July 14 Conference at which Omar Pasha asks permission to withdraw troops for Asia Minor
August 7 Second Russian attack at Kars
August 9 Bombardment of Sveaborg
August 16 Russian attack at Battle of Chernaya defeated by French and Sardinian forces
August 17 Fifth Bombardment of Sebastopol
September 5 Sixth Bombardment of Sebastopol
September 6 Omar Pasha leaves for Asia Minor
September 8 Attack on Malakov by French is successful, though French fail at Little Redan and Bastion du Mat. 
British fail at the Redan
September 9 Russians evacuate Sebastopol
September 29 Russian attack at Kars defeated. 
Cavalry skirmishing at Eupatoria 
Omar Pasha's troops embark for Asia Minor
October 3 Omar Pasha lands at Suchum Kaleh, with expedition for relief of Kars
October 7 Kinburn expedition sails
October 17 Allied expedition captures Kinburn, Ochakov evacuated
October 22 Selim Pasha's army lands at Trebizona and marches to Erzerum
November 6 Omar Pasha defeats Russians on river Ingur
November 11 Sir James Simpson resigns, Succeeded by Sir William Codrington
November 15 French magazine at Sebastopol explodes
November 25 Surrender of Kars
December 8 Omar Pasha's army forced to withdraw from River Skeniscal
1856
January 16 The Tsar accepts the Austrian demands
January 29 Russian guns bombard Sebastopol
February 24 Paris Peace Conference opens
February 29 Armistice in the Crimea
March 30 Treaty of Paris signed
April 27 Ratification of Treaty of Paris, formal end of the war


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