Samovar of Death

McCall, Bruce
May 2007
Military History;May2007, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p80
The article reveals that the Russian tsar's artillery commander hit upon the idea of liquid warfare after suffering defeats at Crimea in 1854. He used history's largest samovar to spill hundreds of gallons of boiling tea downhill to scald British troops in their tents. Although this daring idea showed great promise, the tsar decided to move the giant samovar to Petersburg to dispense refreshments at his upcoming winter skating party on the River Neva.


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