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Charge of the Light Brigade

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Charge of the Light Brigade

The Order, How it was delivered, How it was misunderstood.
from "The Reason Why", by Cecil Woodham-Smith

"The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. Lord Raglan, overall commander of the British forces, had intended to send the Light Brigade to pursue and harry a retreating Russian artillery battery, a task well suited to light cavalry. Due to miscommunication in the chain of command, the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire."

Cecil wrote the Charge itself: working at a gallop through thirty-six hours non-stop without food or other break until the last gun was fired, when she poured a stiff drink and slept for two days.

Read more about central characters in the Charge
| Cardigan | Lucan | Raglan | Nolan | Airey | Paget |

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