Today in European History: the Russians capture Plevna (1877)

The Russian Empire, one of the precursors of modern Russia, and the Ottoman Empire, the precursor of modern Turkey, fought a whopping 12 wars against one another between the second half of the 16th century and World War I (which, of course, brought about the end of both empires). The Russians were ascendant for most of this period, and so they won most of these wars. The Ottomans, who were not so ascendant, needed a lot of help from Britain and France to “win” their biggest victory against the Russians, the Crimean War. Their 1877-1878 affair, during which the Siege of Plevna occurred, was their final conflict prior to World War I.

Source: Today in European History: the Russians capture Plevna (1877)

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