A testament to the bravery and discipline of our British
soldiers who rode into battle without a thought or care
for their own lives !
Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British
cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during
the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean
War. The charge was the result of a miscommunication in
such a way that the brigade attempted a much more
difficult objective than intended by the overall commander
Lord Raglan. Blame for the miscommunication has remained
controversial, as the original order itself was vague. The
charge produced no decisive gains and resulted in very
high casualties, and is best remembered as the subject of
the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose lines emphasize the valour of
the cavalry in carrying out their orders, even though the
soldiers knew that someone had blundered.
25 October 1854
On the southern Crimean coast in the Ukraine
British, French and Turkish troops against the Imperial
Balaclava is a battle honour for all the British regiments
that took part. It is usually a pre-condition for a battle
honour that the battle is a victory for British arms.
Balaclava was a strategic defeat. The Russians captured
seven guns and at the end of the battle held the ground
they had attacked. Against this the three episodes in the
battle; the Charge of the Heavy Brigade, the Thin Red Line
and the Charge of the Light Brigade, are such icons of
courage and achievement for the British Army, that it is
not surprising the military authorities awarded Balaclava
as a battle honour to the regiments involved.