The Allies have landed at Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and decided to send a reconnoitring force to capture the bridge on the Voivodino road so that they can raise the Russian siege of Silistra . With half the troops still on board the transports and the first appearance of Cholera a scratch force is dispatched under General Brown . The force comprises of 4th Light Dragoons and the 17th Lancers from the British Light Brigade , the 93rd Foot (Highlanders) , a half battalion of the Rifle Brigade , a battery of R.A. and two battalions of Turks .
An overview of the scene of the action , showing the Voivodino road and the bridge which is the Allied objective . The Russian Cavalry Brigade comprising of the 12th Ingermanland Landski Hussars , a battery of Horse Artillery and a unit of Don Cossacks are to be seen to the right of the river . The Allies will appear on the road in the upper left hand corner . I used 'Google Earth ' to get an idea of the country around Varna and making allowances for modern agriculture you get the impression of rolling stepes with tree lined streams .
The British commander General Sir George Brown (Command ability 6) takes up position over looking the bridge .
General George Paget (Command ability 7) and the light cavalry moves down the road towards the bridge .
The Russian Horse Artillery is supported by the Don Cossacks with the Hussars in reserve . The Brigade is commanded by General Ryzhov (Command ability 6).
The Russian C in C Prince Menshikov (Command ability 6) establishes himself at the village of Valchi Doi and awaits the Russian Infantry reinforcements . Too be continued .......