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'Who was to blame for The Charge of The Light Brigade?'

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´╗┐History Mr Stoneman Anya Cagnetta 12B ?Who was to blame for ?The Charge of the Light Brigade?? The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Balaclava War has been classed by many historians as an unmitigated disaster. Due to the incompetence of the men in charge, one of the most poorly executed military attacks in history occurred. It is without a doubt, easy to say that Lord Raglan was to blame for ?The Charge of the Light Brigade?. He was the Commander in Chief and as such held overall responsibility for the charge. The men involved in that fateful day were: Lord Raglan (Commander in Chief); Lord Lucan (in charge of the cavalry); Lord Cardigan (in charge of the Light Brigade); Captain Nolan (the staff officer who delivered the message). As Commander in Chief, Lord Raglan was completely responsible for the order sent to attack the Russian guns. ...read more.


Raglan was known for giving very ambiguous and vague orders, often confusing the men who were to obey. To his downfall, he foolishly believed his orders were straight forward and to the point, not recognising they fell short of an adequate explanation. It was this shortcoming that caused the entire breakdown of communication amongst the leaders. Lord Raglan caused chaos by sending such an unclear order to Lord Lucan. Lucan read it with grave misgiving announcing the attack would be ??useless??. Nolan replied that the cavalry should attack immediately, causing Lucan to exclaim: ??Attack, sir! Attack what! What guns, sir? Where and what to do???.Due to Lucan?s confusion over the order, it was arrogantly re-explained by Captain Nolan whose contemptuous hand gestures were incorrectly interpreted as the direction for the attack. Lucan realising this order was ridiculous rode over to Cardigan and ordered him to lead the attack toward the main Russian army. ...read more.


Lucan and Cardigan?s long running enmity had only intensified during the Crimean war compounding their lack of communication. If they both had not detested each other, and Nolan, as much as they did they might have been willing to discuss Raglan's order more thoroughly. Their level of rank should have given them a certain amount of discernment and initiative in how to deal with an order they clearly did not agree with. Threaded through this catastrophe, it is evident that the incompetence of the untrained and inexperienced aristocrats, led by Raglan, helped carry the British cavalry to its doom. Lucan and Cardigan had never seen active service before. Despite their lack of experience and inadequate military knowledge, it was Raglan's responsibility to make sure that they knew exactly what to do. Having seen the total 'blunder' caused by the issuing of one vague order and its subsequent confusion and disaster; there is no doubt that the blame for the charge lays squarely on Raglan's shoulders. ...read more.

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