October 25th ~ Balaklava

A happy 158th anniversary tomorrow. Raise a glass to the noble 600

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.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
Sans Peur

The Times correspondent, W. H. Russell, who standing on the hills above could clearly see that nothing stood between the Russian cavalry and the defenceless British base but the "thin red streak tipped with a line of steel" of the 93rd. Condensed almost immediately into "The Thin Red Line", the phrase has survived to this day as the chosen symbol of everything for which The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders believe themselves to stand.
Asked why he had been so unorthodox as to receive a cavalry charge in line instead of in a square. Sir Colin Campbell said; "I knew the 93rd, and I did not think it worth the trouble of forming a square."
Also the 25th Oct happens to be Agincourt Day!
GMF's account of it in 'Flashman at the Charge' is well worth a read.


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On this the last Balaklava Day for the Argylls (again) I hope they are having the full blown affair ending with a piss up/mass brawl on the square. Maybe someone will break into the PWRR RHQ and steal that massive fcuking French Eagle thing and the Padre can have a new stand for his bible.............

Awaiting incoming....................
Off to raise a few glasses.
Better excuse than usual.
Missed me mug of gunfire this morning.
True und Fest.

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Happy Balaklava Day to all, 'Stand fast the 93rd and damn all that eagerness."
Sir Colin Campbell to the regiment after firing the second volley.

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MOD RRS newsfeed

The MOD is pleased to congratulate Lords Raglan and Cardigan on the exemplary cooperation that led to the capture of the Russian battery yesterday. This operation was achieved with low casualties. The MOD totally refutes irresponsible claims in the newspapers that the Light Brigade charged the wrong guns. This was an intelligence led operation from start to finish that achieved all set objectives.

The MOD is also pleased to announce that the Mk3 Horse, upgraded at a cost of $250 million by British AeroHorse, performed far better than the Mk 2 variant. The MOD regards as irresponsible claims that the Mk 4 horse is 4 years behind schedule, £100 million over budget and is to have a leg removed to reduce program costs.
Happy birthday old chap! Confusion to the enemy!
My Great-Great Grandad fought at Balaklava, as a Sarn't Major with the Heavy Brigade - Scots Greys, (IIRC).

He finished his working life as the well-respected Beadle of a workhouse.

I'll raise a glass to him, and to all his comrades in arms.
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