The Charge of the Light Brigade Quotes by Alfred Tennyson
The Charge of the Light Brigade: who blundered in the Valley of Death?
A major conflict of the 19th century, the Crimean War claimed at least , lives, more than even the American Civil War, and had a profound impact on such renowned personalities as British nurse Florence Nightingale and Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It got its start in and around Jerusalem, then part of the Ottoman Empire, where Orthodox Christian and Catholic monks had been engaging in fierce, sometimes deadly brawls for years over who would control various holy sites. Upon being rejected, he then sent his army, the largest in the world, to occupy two Ottoman principalities in present-day Romania. The czar also purportedly had his eyes on Constantinople, the Ottoman capital, which if taken would give his navy unfettered access to the Mediterranean Sea. Unnerved by this expansionism, Britain and France sent their own warships to the area and vowed to defend Ottoman sovereignty.
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. Charge for the guns!
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Alfred, Lord Tennyson This poem was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava Ukraine in the Crimean War Britain entered the war, which was fought by Russia against Turkey, Britain and France, because Russia sought to control the Dardanelles. Russian control of the Dardanelles threatened British sea routes. Many in the west best know of this war today because of Florence Nightingale, who trained and led nurses aiding the wounded during the war in a manner innovative for those times. The War was also noteworthy as an early example of the work of modern war correspondents. Charge for the guns' he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
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