With Clusters Posted June 9, 2004 Share Posted June 9, 2004 I recently watched a documentary on the famous charge, where historians and scientists did a more thurough examination of events, including visiting and studying the battlefield (discovering exactly who could see what from where - apparently the officer immediately in charge could not see the intended gun battery to target from his position, and thus attacked the wrong one), along with going over written eye witness acounts (including those of survivors of the charge). Apparently, only light casualties were suffered during the charge itself - the charge was to swift for the Russians to get off more than a few volleys at the English. The majority occured after the English had reached the guns, often in bloody dismounted hand to hand combat, and then in the retreat after they were driven off. One thing they also noted was that the casualities were greatly over reported (I forget the exact number, but perhaps less than a third, and certainly less than half). It seemed that the English had a wierd propensity to romantisize 'glorious disasters', and thus talked up the battle into an even more bloody and doomed (and thus more heroic, I suppose) affair than it actually was. Way off topic, sorry! 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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