The Crimean War was a battle between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire with the support of amongst others the United Kingdom and France. From a Russian viewpoint it was aimed mainly at protecting the Orthodox Christians who were under Islamic domination. Moreover, it was an excellent opportunity to expand their territory at the expense of the Ottoman Empire. The British and the French mainly fought this battle for economic purposes. Unique for that time, was that the British media comprehensively reported about the war with photos and news items. It was the first time that so many war photographers and journalists were sent to the battlefield to report about the war, which resulted in a strong interaction between the front and those at home.