The Charge of the Light Brigade

Voices From The Past

John Grehan

 
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848329423
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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The most notorious, and most contentious, cavalry charge in history still remains an enigma. Though numerous books have been written about the charge, all claiming to ‘reveal the truth’ or to understand ‘the reason why’; exactly what happened at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 continues to be fiercely debated. Voices from the Past, The Charge of the Light Brigade relives that fateful day not through the opinions of such historians but from the words of those that were there.

This is the story of the charge told by the soldiers of both sides, in the most detailed description of the Battle of Balaklava yet written. Gallop with the light dragoons and lancers into the mouths of the Russian cannon as the shells and cannonballs decimate their ranks. Read of the desperate efforts to return down the Valley of Death as the enemy pressed around the remnants of the Light Brigade, and of the nine Victoria Crosses won that day.

Possibly more significant are the accusations and counter-arguments that followed the loss of the Light Brigade. Just who was responsible for that terrible blunder? The leading figures all defended their own positions, leading to presentations in Parliament and legal action. Yet one of those senior figures made an astonishing admission immediately after the battle, only to change his story when the charge became headline news. Just who was it that made the fatal error that cost the British Army its Light Brigade?

About The Author
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Captain Graeme Chamley Wynne was born in 1889. He was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1907. Climbing through the ranks, he was serving in the 2nd Battalion at the outbreak of war in 1914. As part of the British Expeditionary Force he was captured by the Germans at Le Cateau on 26 August 1914. Wynne was employed by the Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence (later the Historical Section, Cabinet Office) between 1918 and 1956. It was in this role that he completed the report published in this book on 19 May 1948.

REVIEWS
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"The book consists mainly of quotations from contemporary sources skilfully woven together to form a compelling narrative. How literate those Victorians were, even the private soldiers!"

- Historical Novels Review, August 2017

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