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The Charge: The Real Reason why the Light Brigade was Lost


The Charge: The Real Reason why the Light Brigade was Lost

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    Mark Adkin(Author)
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 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. His story switches carefully from the strategic and tactical problems of the battlefield to what it was like for the trooper riding down the valley or a Russian gunner serving his cannon. Through the novel use of sketches the reader can, at every stage, look down on the battlefield from the same position as that used by the British commander-in-chief, Lord Raglan.He sees the situation as Raglan saw it when he gave his order that launched the Brigade down the valley of death.Raglan gave the order, Captain Nolan delivered it, Lord Lucan received it, and the Earl of Cardigan executed it.History has disagreed over the share of the blame.This book makes a masterly analysis of the probabilities and discusses factors previously overlooked.There is a cogent argument, never made before, that the blunder was deliberate.The result is a gripping and definitive study of a debacle that has never ceased to enthral the imagination.

"Judicious and very moving. . . This book is for anyone wanting to know about what PROBABLY happened on that day 142 years ago. It very often gets as near the truth as any account is ever likely to" (TLS) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Mark Adkin(Author)
  • Pimlico; New edition edition (23 Sept. 2004)
  • English
  • 7
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By A. D. Thompson on 3 September 2010

    I liked the style of this book and found it a useful and interesting read. I am not an expert or trained historian therefore my needs are a readable account. The Charge fully meets this need. Due to my interest in this battle I am currently reading everything I can find on Amazon on the subject! This is a text I would recommend to others undertaking a reading of the battle as worthy of a purchase.The paperback has some great features such as placing the regiments in their modern day context. The Photographs are also great allowing you to gain a sense of the space and people. My very slight negative and really more a constructive feedback point is the drawings. I suspect the publishers to keep cost down required these as plan line drawings. Had these been in colour and larger, as hard to read the small text even for me with good eyesight, other than these minor point the book would have got my full five stars.

  • By Aussie Reader on 14 March 2009

    I don't think that I could really add much to the previous excellent reviews on this interesting account of the Charge of the Light Brigade. The author, Mark Adkin, has produced an excellent account of the Charge of the Light Brigade, which occurred on the 25th of October 1854 during the siege of Sebastopol. Utilising his in-depth research to provide answers to how, why and who, the narrative takes you along with the cavalrymen on their charge into the Russian gun positions.The book has a number of detailed drawings, maps, and photographs to assist you on this reckless advance into the mouth of the guns. The book is very readable and I think that the author attempts to answer the question `who' was to blame quite fairly and without malice.Overall a very good read for the student of military history or for anyone who just enjoys a good story.

  • By Steve M. on 10 October 2004

    If you want to know which book to read about the early days of the Crimea, and especially of "the Charge", this has to be it. Adkin's research is outstanding and his presentational style matches it. The detail on the artillery fire that the riders would have had to go through on their way down the valley (and back) is stunning, and makes you think about the event in a completely new way. A remarkable achievement, written with authority and skill. Buy it.

  • By RobW on 6 June 2003

    There are many books on the Crimea War and on the events surrounding the Charge - until now the easiest read was "Flashman at the Charge" - now Mark Adkin has provided a wealth of maps and drawings which explain how, due to the terrain the main players had totally different viewpoints, and he explains their individual histories so you can appreciate how imprecise orders led straight to disasterNot as lavish as his magesterial "Waterloo" but a must for anyone with even a passing interest

  • By BLT on 22 April 2013

    I have become addicted to Mark Adkin's work. This historian of a writer caught me years ago with his account of the battle of Goose Green in The Falklands 1982.I have rarely read as meticulous and analytic a historian such as this author. The writer always visits the battlefield in situ with a critical eye and a contradictory mindset. Facts, just facts, never an opinion. You will get all the details and in order that is. History is just not for amateurs, Mr Adkin possesses that decency and honesty.You will have understood, I am a huge fan of this authentic author's work.

  • By daveb0117 on 9 July 2011

    As a 21 year old the movie starring David Hemmings back in the mid 1980's made quite an impact upon me and from thereon made me think of the utter futility of the action that has gone down in folk lore and yet instilled an interest in the Light Brigade and the Crimean War even up to this date.This book shatters many long held conceptions of how and why it happened, and who was to blame. The author places you in the position of the trooper charging down the valley toward the Russian gunners and conversely from the stand point of Lord Raglan who many make accountable for the reckless order to advance toward the entrenched enemy...... and somewhat surprisingly that the blunder was deliberate!A very readable and thought provoking book indeed.

  • By S. Brotherton on 31 March 2009

    The Charge: The Real Reason Why the Light Brigade Was LostAn excellent book that, as the title says, gives plenty of information as to what really happened. Unfortunately, it is let down slightly by the poor quality of diagrams of original maps etc, that tended to confuse the understanding of the then current events. It would have been better to have have reproduced them in a more up to date format.

  • By BerryPomeroy on 24 June 2005

    I have read it all before in so many other books relating to what supposedley happened at Balaklava.If you want it straight from the 'Horses mouth' go buy 'A Victorian RSM' by George Loy Smith, he was there at the time.

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