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Balaclava 1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade (Campaign #6)
The port of Balaclava was crucial in maintaining the supply lines for the Allied siege of Sevastapol. The Russian attack on it on 25th October 1854 therefore posed a major threat to the survival of the Allied cause. The battle took place in four stages, first of which was the successful Russian attack on the redoubts of Balaclava. This was followed by the action of "the th ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Praeger Publishers
(first published September 27th 1990)
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Not much to say about this one, it's another Osprey Campaign book - if you have read one, you know what to expect from the rest. If there's anything special about this book, then it's the fact that it doesn't focus entirely on the famous and ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade, but gives equal space to the rest of the battle. I'm not all that familiar with military history between 1816 and 1914 and I found this one rather usefull in filling a small hole in my knowledge of military history.
When I picked this book I could not forget about Errol Flynn's movie "The charge of the light brigade" and I had great memories of it while reading the great description of the battle phases by Sweetman. Well done book, not too short not too long, not only describes the battle phases in great detail but it also touches on the British officers careers and area providing a good enviroment to the readers enjoyement.
Nice book. Somewhat quick to criticize France in the introduction though. I reckon we froggies do not share this point of view. I guess old enmities die hard... Nevertheless the battle itself is clearly explained and worth reading.