The Charge of the Light Brigade in
Historical art print by Chris Collingwood. The Light Brigade painting
showing the 17th Lancers, "Death or Glory Boys".
The Light Brigade were being kept in reserve, after the successful charge of
the heavy brigade, but the slow advance of the British Infantry to take
advantage of the heavy brigades success had given the Russian forces time to
take away Artillery pieces from captured redoubts. Raglan, after seeing
this ordered the light brigade "to advance rapidly to the front, follow the
enemy and try to prevent the enemy carrying away the guns. This message taken by
Captain Nolan, to Lord Lucan, the cavalry Commander. One of the Officers of raglan's Staff, urged Lucan, who could only see the
main Russian Artillery Position at the head of a valley. Lord Lucan rode
over to Cardigan and ordered him to attack these guns. So the Light
Brigade charged these Russian guns, and not the guns being taken away by Russian
forces from the redoubts. The Carnage was great, from the 673 men who started the charge, 113 men were
killed and many others wounded. The Light Brigade was made up of the 4th and
13th Light Dragoons, 8th and 11th Hussars and the 17th Lancers. A
Spectating French Officer General Pierre Bosquet proclaimed "It is
magnificent but it is not war".
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Stormd at with Shot and Shell, 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers) Oct 25 1854 at Balaclava by Chris Collingwood.
Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volleyd and thunderd, Stormd at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well Into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred. The following is part of a letter from an officer of the Light Brigade who was camped near Balaclava on October 27th: ...there was no hesitation: down our fellows went at a gallop, through a fire in front and on both flanks, which emptied our saddles and knocked over our horses by scores. I do not think that one man flinched in the whole brigade, though every one allows that so hot a fire was hardly ever seen.
Item Code : DHM1185
Stormd at with Shot and Shell, 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers) Oct 25 1854 at Balaclava by Chris Collingwood. - Editions Available