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  1. "The charge of the light brigade" by Tennyson was written about a disastrous military escapade during the Crimean war.

    The first two lines, "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onwards," Creates a steady rhythm, which is meant to imitate the sound of the horses' hooves. From the very beginning of the poem, a solemn tone is established by Tennyson, by describing the valley as "The valley of Death" The focus is almost entirely on how it happened, not why it happened. The emphasis is not on the individual, but rather on the brigade as a whole, and their collective heroism and sacrifice for their country.

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  2. Compare the 'song of the shirt' to 'the charge of the light brigade'

    The Song Of the Shirt is constructed using alternating ryhme in eight line stanzas. These stanzas also alternate in rythm from a line of iambic to a line of anapest.Together with the repetition of phrases like 'work-work-work' and 'stitch-stitch-stitch', a regular monotonous rythym that is similar to stitching is established.

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  3. Why did the Normans win the Battle of Hastings?

    William's determination to win was incredible. The problem William faced getting to England was the wind. He had to wait until the wind changed direction so that he could invade the south coast. What Problems Harold Had before the battle? Totig landed with 60 ships on the south coast but soon left when he heard Harold was coming. Harold's men waited at the south coast for William. Then on 20th September Harald Hardrada landed with 500 ships on the North coast; Totig sailed north and met up with Harald. Harald fought the English Earls Edwin and Morcar they turned and fled.

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  4. Count van Hoorn, Colonel Dolman and the Dutch attack - sources based questions

    the rest with masonry with a good ditch" and "Secondly, it was fortified with a good covered way and counterscarp, leaving those standing behind it in safety. The covered way was filled with men, who were well disciplined and alert and were faithfully keeping a lookout" for the Dutch. Once Colonel Dolman discovered how well defended the fort was he "called all the senior officers and captains to a council of war to consider whether it was possible to take such a well organized fort: and it was unanimously agreed that it was not, all the more so because they saw that the Count van Hoorn's troops were being attacked."

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  5. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of British tanks in World War One.

    They developed what was dubbed 'Little Willie'. This could not however cross trenches. To solve this problem Britain invented a tank with tracks that went the whole length of the vehicle. This was called the 'Mark One' and it was able to cross difficult terrain and trenches. There were two models, a male and a female. The male had four machine guns and two 6lb guns and the female had five machine guns. The tanks were able to crush barbed wire and clear trenches whilst the infantry followed behind.

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  6. The fall of the great Warriors of Faradon

    The council of Faredon needed little persuasion in the matter to pull their troops out of the stony hills But, the order came to late. "Over there, a light, in the forest" he cried "There, cant you see?" a young member of the band rushed towards the light "no wait" command Vulvrick but the young disobedient soldier headed for the light at full pace. He was wearing the Faredon scout armour and carried his sword by his side even with the lightest equipment running can still be difficult for a rookie netheraless he reached the light to find that it was a fire but a deserted one at that.

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  7. Enders Game - Summary

    Most of the book took place inside Battle School, a large school for the few children thought smart enough. The Government owns ender. He has no life, his parents signed it over at birth, he is a third. Thirds aren't given choices, they are vermin, pests, a waste of space, food, and air in a world where population is controlled, birth is requisitioned. Peter and Valentine, Ender's older siblings, both showed promise. The problem was that Peter was too violent and hate-filled, while Valentine, in turn, was too empathic and had too much love for humanity. Ender was the median.

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  8. What is your opinion of the popular myth and what is your interpretation of the battle?

    to Britain's advantage to show the public what great people we were and how everyone helped to do their bit in the war. I also think that the propaganda for this was extremely high and used to an advantage also because Churchill probably not even realising what effect it would have by saying a few effective well chosen words then realised what he had said and made full use of it.

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  9. World War One Sources Questions

    The source depicts the official British army view of the battle, and it is one of staggering over-confidence. It implies the battle will be quick and easy. Source E is a diary entry from a soldier who went to the war, and fought in the battle of the Somme. This source represents the average soldiers view. It is reliable as it is a diary entry. This means it is reliable as it was written for personal reasons. It plays down what had happened, probably because the author himself was having such trouble coming to terms with it.

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  10. Compare and Contrast the Poem ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ (1854) by Tennyson and the Film Version (1968) of the same events by the Director Tony Harrison

    he and the Commander of the Light Brigade, Lord Cardigan, marched with their cavalry towards the Russian army, and to their fate. At the end of each line of the poem Tennyson writes the words, "the six hundred", referring to the six hundred cavalrymen. In verses one, two and three Tennyson portrays the Light Brigade as riding gallantly into the battle, he writes, "Rode the six hundred". In the forth and fifth verse he changes it slightly to emphasise the death of a number of soldiers of the Light Brigade.

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  11. Battle Royal.

    This statement illustrates an idea that the whites coerced the narrator into the smoker. He could have turned down this invitation but "he was afraid to act any other way because they didn't like that at all" (2). The na�ve narrator lives for the moment and fails to contemplate the existence of anterior motives. In addition, without the narrator present, the fight would include only nine boys. Very seldom do organized fights include an odd number of participants. One can only question whether the whites' purpose for inviting him to speak was to fill the roster for the battle royal.

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  12. The Battle of Passchendaele (The Third Battle of Ypres)

    This turned out to be a bad command decision, as the delay of six weeks meant that the good campaigning weather was lost which proved to be particularly unlucky. The problem for Haig was taking the battle away from Plumer and his staff, and giving it to Gough. It was said that Plumer, "knew every puddle" but Haig still wanted Gough to take charge. Haig thought that to win the battle it needed the spirit that the young Gough would give to it.

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  13. Compare and Contrast The Charge Of The Light Brigade with The Charge Of The Heavy Brigade Paying Particular Attention to the following

    We are told that the soldiers should follow 'up the hill, up the hill' at the end of the first stanza and again repeated in the second. Similarly Tennyson also uses repition in the 'charge of the Light Brigade' in order to mimic various sounds, such as 'the Charge of the Light Brigade' where 'cannon' is repeated three times in the third and fifth stanzas. Through both poems there is not a distinct and constant rhyme scheme which allows Tennyson to manipulate the tone and pace of each poem and to create different atmospheres.

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  14. The Crimean War.

    However the Russians didn't they fled both the battlefield and the valley, and in fact left so much artillery behind as to strengthen the British position. So why did the British survive the battle of Balaclava, and where did the Russians go? In this essay I will be concentrating on a number of the reasons why the allies survived the battle of Balaclava. For example Russian hesitation during the battle, British military problems, the skill of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, the charge of the Light Brigade and the weather.

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  15. In military terms was anything achieved by the British at the Battle of the Somme?

    It cannot be denied that the tactics and planning before and on July 1st 1916 were far from ingenious. However, what is usually forgotten in the minds of the public, is that there was more to the Battle of the Somme than July 1st; to judge this battle one must examine the whole battle, spanning four months. The idea of the Battle of the Somme being a success has emerged over the last forty years, and this argument has its merits, especially so if one penetrates the surface of the question and looks deeper. Prior to the Somme, there was a leaping gap in the calibre of the British and German armies.

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  16. If you run.... you'll only die tired!

    If you run.... you'll only die tired! Since the invention of the firearm, skilled individuals with specialized equipment have influenced the tide of battle. At times, this effect has been so great as to turn the tide of history. From Leonardo da Vinci to present, the long range rifleman has had a telling effect on the direction, drive and scope of battle. By his discriminatory nature, he has felled the command structure of his enemies, rendered their equipment useless and driven fear into the hearts of their fighting men.

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  17. A Comparison between Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson

    This poem describes a disastrous cavalry charge in the Crimean war. Instead of charging a small gun position the Light Brigade charged straight at the entire Russian army with a calamitous outcome. From six hundred men there were only around a hundred survivors. In first two lines of the opening stanza the words 'Half a league' are repeated three times. This is trying that it wasn't a long distance that the Light Brigade had to ride but they were desperate to get there. The following line 'all in the valley of death rode the six hundred' means that when British go into this valley they usually get killed by the Russians.

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  18. Battle Royal

    The rationale behind his action includes the fact that he will finally deliver his speech to this lofty audience. The Battle Royal combatants include ten black boys. "I felt superior to them in my way, and I didn't like the manner in which we were all crowded together into the servants elevator" (3). Each fighter was stripped of their dignity and demoralized in this smoker but the protagonist feels superior to the other fighters. The main character feels better than his fellow combatants because the white men will let hi deliver his speech after the fight.

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  19. The Battle Of Gettysburg

    One of the squad's leaders in Pickett's division was General Lewis Armistead, a participant of the prior war of Mexico and a close friend of Winfield Hancock. Armistead's brigade was made up of five regiments of Virginia troopsL 9th, 14th, 38th, 53th, 57th, coming to a total of about 2000 men. These five regimens would be supported by the other two brigades of Pickett's division. At approximately 12 noon, the 9th Virginia Regiment, which was under the command of Colonel John C.

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  20. 30th October - 24th November 1914. First Battle of Ypres.

    The first phase of the fighting began on 20 October with an attack by the German Sixth Army (Crown Prince Rupprecht) and the Fourth Army along the whole front. The Fourth Army was to break through on the Yser between Ypres and Nieuport, and envelop the Allies' northern flank. Held by the Belgian army, which had not yet recovered from the retreat from Antwerp, this part of the front witnessed the most intensive fighting of the first phase of the battle.

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  21. Yellow Palm Analysis. Yellow palm is based on scenes gathered from Palestine street, Bagdad, according to the poet, Robert Minninick

    desperation implies that he feels threatened and helpless against the onslaught from ?enemy? missiles, and i feel this represents the feelings of the civilians as a whole, not just the individual. In the next section, Minninick meets two blind beggars, and passes them one hundred black dinars, which as I?m sure you?ll agree is an act of kindness and compassion, the last thing you would expect to find in a warzone. However it is then revealed that the two beggars were once men of the imperials guard in the mother of all wars, which again leads back to the conflict and chemical attacks.

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  22. How is the theme conflict presented by Alfred Tennyson in The Charge Of The Light Brigade?

    The soldiers very obedient, and with their sense of duty- don?t question their commanding officer- knowing their riding ?Into the valley of Death?. This passage is from psalm 23 ??..through the valley of the shadow of death??.?, making the poem seem solemn and significant. Although many were killed or wounded; Tennyson admires their bravery with a touch of sadness for those who were killed. ?While horse and hero fell, they had fought so well,? Appreciation to the soldiers who made a huge sacrifice even though they knew that death was likely.

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  23. Write a short story based on Bayonet Charge

    The slashing of swords made me cringe and the firing of bullets was deafening. Progressively, the sounds grew louder and louder. My eardrums were throbbing from the all the commotion. My hands spontaneously covered my ears, hoping to prevent any sound from entering. It didn?t work. ?Peter!? someone called my name. I couldn?t focus on the voice because I was being shaken by someone or something. ?Peter!? There it was again. Who was calling me? I shoved the source of the voice away and groaned, my body aching and every sound echoing in my ears.

    • Word count: 616

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