Tennyson wrote this patriotic poem under a pseudonym, based on news reports he’d read about great casualties in the Battle of Balaclava (1854) in the Crimean War.
Lord Raglan, overall commander of the British forces, had his commands mis-communicated. He had not wanted a suicidal frontal attack.
War is Hell. Don’t go to war.
Opposing Russian forces slaughtered the attackers with Lord Cardigan out in front. He somehow survived the battle.
Charge of the Light Brigade by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
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