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William Simpson - Charge of the light cavalry brigade, 25th Oct. 1854, under Major General the Earl of Cardigan
The cavalry (far) attacking the artillery (near).

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a failed military attack during the Crimean War in 1854. It was a charge by British Light Cavalry (who didn't have many weapons or armour) against Russians and their allies. The cavalry were supposed to attack regular soldiers, which they were good at, but the British leaders made a mistake and caused the cavalry to attack artillery guns, which they were not good at. It is remembered because there was a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson that praised the bravery of the soldiers. It was also seen as a symbol of the failures of British rulers during that time.

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