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Charge of the Light Horse Brigade

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https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/the-charge-of-the-4th-light-horse-brigade-at-beersheba

 

I

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

II

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

   Someone had blundered.

   Theirs not to make reply,

   Theirs not to reason why,

   Theirs but to do and die.

   Into the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

 

III

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

   Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

   Rode the six hundred.

 

IV

Flashed all their sabres bare,

Flashed as they turned in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

   All the world wondered.

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right through the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reeled from the sabre stroke

   Shattered and sundered.

Then they rode back, but not

   Not the six hundred.

 

V

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

   Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell.

They that had fought so well

Came through the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell,

All that was left of them,

   Left of six hundred.

VI

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

   All the world wondered.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

   Noble six hundred!

 

 

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to_dave007

The Charge of the Light Brigade" was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War, and was published in 1854. 

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Mr. Mike

These were two different battles me thinks...

The Australian light horse was a great move...to be sure.

 

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2 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

The Charge of the Light Brigade" was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War, and was published in 1854. 

 

1 hour ago, Mr. Mike said:

These were two different battles me thinks...

The Australian light horse was a great move...to be sure.

 

I knew the first sentence of the poem and the charge (Errol Flynn movie :oldtimer:).

Came across vid clip while searching for movie to watch and figured one of the OZboys.

Did wounder about uniforms - figured just Hollywood being Hollywood

Put 2 & 2 together , came up with 5 :rose:

Confess complete ignorance of back stories.

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Mr. Mike

Understood my man.    As I understand it, the Australian Light Horse were mounted infantry men.  The defenders at Berishiva  were expecting the Australians to dismount, as usual, at about  500 yards (guessing) and continue to fight the battle on foot, instead...……………. the Australian Light Horse CHARGED, and kicked ass.

Absolutely glorious piece of military strategy.

Very few casualties …..all things considered.

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