Balaclava 1854

Balaclava 1854

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Campaign 6
  • Author: John Sweetman
  • Short code: CAM 6
  • Publication Date: 27 Sep 1990
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The port of Balaclava was crucial in maintaining the supply lines for the Allied siege of Sevastapol. The Russian attack in October 1854 therefore posed a major threat to the survival of the Allied cause. This book examines in detail the crucial battle of Balaclava, including: the attack on the redoubts; the action of "the thin red line" in which an assortment of about 700 British troops, some invalids, were abandoned by their Turkish allies; the subsequent charge of the Heavy Brigade; and the most famous part of the battle: the infamous charge of the Light Brigade.

Biographical Note

John Sweetman, former head of Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst ,and long-suffering supporter of Portsmouth F.C., is the author of numerous books and articles about the Crimean War including a biography of Lord Raglan.


Preparation: Advance to Balaclava
Prelude to Battle
Phase 1: Fall of the Redoubts
Phase 2: The Thin Red Line
Phase 3: Charge of the Heavy Brigade
Phase 4: Charge of the Light Brigade
Aftermath: Counting the Cost
A Guide to Further Reading
Wargaming Balaclava

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