Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'LL BET AT LEAST ONE GUY WAS DISMAYED

Brighton, Terry. Hell Riders: the True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade. NY: Henry Holt & Co., 2004. Central-HG, BU 947.073842

On October 25, 1854, nearly 700 members of the Light Brigade, British Cavalry Division, armed only with sabres and lances, charged up a Crimean valley ringed on three sides by Russian artillery and infantry. The charge, which covered about a mile and a quarter in seven minutes' time, resulted in nearly 300 British soldiers being killed, wounded, or taken prisoner, and at least as many British horses lying dead on the field. Was the charge really the tragic result of missed communications, as has long been claimed, and was it in fact a complete waste of the lives of good men and horses? The conclusions reached by the author after extensive research may surprise you.

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