5 thoughts on “Balaclava 1854

  1. Whenever I see or hear the name, “Balaclava,” I can’t but help see in my mind the magnificent, stentorian actor C. Aubrey Smith as an old Brit warrior, blustering in senile fashion, boasting over and over about his Crimean War heroics to much eye-rolling (“there ‘e goes again”) in the glorious 1939 British movie version of The Four Feathers.

    Grabbing at a fruit bowl in the drawing room, the old soldier eagerly reproduces the layout of the battle on the tabletop with various produce and nuts. He,

  2. Not much to say about this one, it’s another Osprey Campaign book – if you have read one, you know what to expect from the rest. If there’s anything special about this book, then it’s the fact that it doesn’t focus entirely on the famous and ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade, but gives equal space to the rest of the battle. I’m not all that familiar with military history between 1816 and 1914 and I found this one rather usefull in filling a small hole in my knowledge of military history.

  3. When I picked this book I could not forget about Errol Flynn’s movie “The charge of the light brigade” and I had great memories of it while reading the great description of the battle phases by Sweetman. Well done book, not too short not too long, not only describes the battle phases in great detail but it also touches on the British officers careers and area providing a good enviroment to the readers enjoyement.

  4. Nice book. Somewhat quick to criticize France in the introduction though. I reckon we froggies do not share this point of view. I guess old enmities die hard… Nevertheless the battle itself is clearly explained and worth reading.

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