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Balaclava 1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade (Campaign #6)

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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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Whenever I see or hear the name, "Balaclava," I can't but help see in my mind the magnificent, stentorian actor C. Aubrey Smith as an old Brit warrior, blustering in senile fashion, boasting over and over about his Crimean War heroics to much eye-rolling ("there 'e goes again") in the glorious 1939 British movie version of The Four Feathers.

Grabbing at a fruit bowl in the drawing room, the old soldier eagerly reproduces the layout of the battle on the tabletop with various produce and nuts. He,
Matthew Dambro
Nov 08, 2016 Matthew Dambro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent little monograph about a series of actions in the Crimean war. It is standard Osprey fare, clear, concise and with beautiful maps to accurately describe a series of confusing actions on 25OCT1854. It is absolutely the place to begin any serious study of the "Charge".
Aug 29, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yago de Artaza Paramo
Jul 27, 2011 Yago de Artaza Paramo rated it really liked it
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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.
Joe Frankie
Mar 03, 2016 Joe Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of the time and location as major players. It is a great place to start and well-illustrated.
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