The charge of the Light Brigade is one of Britain's best-known glorious military disasters.
On 25 October 1854, during the siege of Sebastopol, the Light Brigade attacked Russian gun positions at Balaclava.
The charge lasted 7 and 1/2 minutes; of 673 officers and men who went into action, 247 men and 497 horses were lost.
This book shatters many long-held conceptions of how and why it happened, and who was to blame.
Mark Adkin, a former professional soldier, has combined military expertise and detailed research of participants' accounts with a careful examination of the actual ground.
The result is a gripping and definitive study of a debacle that has never ceased to entral the imagination.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/01/2000
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780712664615