Thursday, October 25, 2007

Preparing for Balaclava

Today we show a most unusual photograph of a cavalry soldier preparing for the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. The Crimean war is perhaps most remembered for the famous cavalry battle at Balaclava known as The Charge of the Light Brigade. The Charge of the Light Brigade was a disastrous cavalry charge. This tragic charge was immortalized by the Lord Tennyson Poem, "Charge of the Light Brigade". During the charge, some 600 cavalrymen were sent on a bold charge against 20 battalions of entrenched Russian infantry. Only about 200 returned unharmed after the charge. This disastrous battle was a result of military tactics not keeping pace with advances in military hardware. It was a prelude to the carnage that would occur in the US Civil War in the following decade.
The Charge of the Light Brigade occurred on this day in the year 1854.

1 comment:

  1. It seems that Roger Fenton who with his assistant took most (all?) of these photographs was to the Crimean War what Matthew Brady was to the American Civil War just a few short years later.

    It's staggering to think that most of the people in these photographs were born at least 170 years ago and in some cases much earlier. Truly it is a case of history coming to life before our very eyes.

    Roger Fenton

    More of Fenton's pics of the Crimea via Google

    A disputed pic of the Valley of the Shadow of Death itself