Editor says, what if Britain and France had fought Ottoman Turkey rather than Russia in 1854? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality France entered the war on the side of the Ottomans, adding 400,000 troops against the Russians. The allies staged an invasion of Russia at the Crimean Peninsula, which proved a stalemate at best as both sides lost more soldiers to disease than fighting. Modern nursing, the naval use of torpedoes, and blind artillery fire are said to come out of the war, which effectually kept the status quo in Europe until the unification of Germany in 1871. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.