The Charge of the Light Brigade is one of the most famous, controversial and emotive small-scale actions in military history. Over the 160 years since the event, and since it was immortalized in Tennyson's poem, it has generated a stream of writing and debate. Yet, as this new book by Anthony Dawson shows, the subject is far from exhausted. His selection of previously unpublished letters and journal accounts of the two cavalry charges at the Battle of Balaklava is a notable addition to the literature on the Crimean War. It offers a direct insight into events on the battlefield as they were seen and understood by those who witnessed them and by those who took part. In their own words, and in the language of the time, the men who were there recorded what they knew and felt.
Anthony Dawson is an archaeologist and historian who has made a special study of the Crimean War. As well as writing articles on the subject in magazines and journals, he has published books on Napoleonic Artillery, French Infantry of the Crimean War and Wakefield Voices from Sebastopol. Currently he is working on several projects that focus on the experiences of British and French soldiers in the Crimea.