This fine painting by Louis William Desanges depicts the brave action of Brevet-Major Sir Charles Russell in one of the desperate struggles for the Sandbag Battery. He is shown in a typically Victorian pose, noble and clean, shooting a Russian infantryman point blank while a villainous looking soldier behind him prepares to bayonet him in the back. But behind the soldier is a guardsman who is about to strike the Russian with his rifle butt. This would be Private Palmer who saved Russell's life and also won the VC for this action.

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