Battle of Kinburn (1855)
The Battle of Kinburn/Kil-Bouroun was a naval engagement during the final stage of the Crimean War
Crimean War
The Crimean War was a conflict fought between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The war was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining...

. It took place on the tip of the Kinburn Peninsula
Kinburn can mean the following:Places:*Kinburn Peninsula in Ukraine, on the Black Sea, forming the south shore of the Dnieper river estuary...

 (on the south shore of the Dnieper river estuary in today's Ukraine
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) on 17 October 1855. During the battle, a combined British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
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 and French Navy
French Navy
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 force engaged Russia
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n forts on shore.

The battle, although insignificant to the outcome of the war altogether, is notable as an early success of ironclad warships. Although frequently hit, the French ships destroyed the Russian forts within four hours, suffering minimal casualties in the process. This battle, as well as the Battle of Sinope, convinced contemporary navies to abandon wooden warships and focus on armour plating.
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