Jill Hutchinson's Reviews > The Reason Why: The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade

The Reason Why by Cecil Woodham-Smith
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Dec 29, 09

bookshelves: my-classics, military-history
Read in December, 2009

This history puts paid to any misconceptions that one might have about the suicidal charge at Balaclava. The charge has been memorialized in poem and film but here is the real story and it reads like exciting fiction. Through their ineptitude, Lords Cardigan and Lucan sacrificed the men under their command as cannon fodder for the Russian guns and over the years it has somehow become glorious. The author does not gloss over the reasons for the assignment of these incompetent commanders or their childish in-fighting for power with its tragic results.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in military history.............or to anyone who just enjoys a good, well written book. This is the one!!!!!
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