WI The Charge of the Light Brigade was a success

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by bard32, May 13, 2008.

  1. bard32 Banned

    Apr 5, 2008
    We're all familiar with the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem The Charge of the
    Light Brigade
    . "Half a league, Half a league, Half a league onward, All in the Valley of Death rode the six hundred..." The poem tells the story of an
    actual event. The Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava in the
    Crimean War. The Charge of the Light Brigade was an unmitigated failure.
    Most of the Light Brigade was killed. According to the History Channel series
    Battlefield Detectives, the charge was ordered by a British officer after
    the Russians took the British cannon. The officer pointed in the direction of the
    cliffs, saying "There are your cannons!" when he was asked where the cannons
    were. What if the Charge of the Light Brigade was a success and they were able to retrieve the cannons?
  2. rcduggan 大元帅

    Jul 7, 2007
    New England Democratic Republic
    There was something like 10,000 soldiers (my guess of 20 battalions) involved in the Russian side, along with the cannons and Russian cavalry. Six hundred British cavalrymen attacked the Russians.

    10,000 against 600. There is almost no way this could succeed.
  3. bard32 Banned

    Apr 5, 2008
    Kind of like Pickett's Charge nine years later in the Battle of Gettysburg. Good
    propaganda though for the British. The legend, or myth, take your pick, of the
    "Thin Red Line," was born during the Crimean War. Add to this, that the British officer who'd ordered the charge pointed to the wrong cliffs, the British didn't
    know exactly where the captured cannons were, and when the commander of the Heavy Brigade saw the decimated Light Brigade returning,
    he's reported to have said: "They had the Lights! They won't have the Heavies
  4. 67th Tigers Banned

    May 17, 2006
    Gent, Belgium
    Simple, Lucan (not Scarlett) doesn't halt the Heavy Brigade half way up the valley. The Light Brigade had totally smashed the Russian right, and was standing on the Russian Line of Retreat. Had the Heavy Brigade been committed to drive off the remaining Russian cavalry (as they did in both their earlier charges that day), then the British would have completely enveloped the Russians.
  5. bard32 Banned

    Apr 5, 2008
    That's a good point.