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Old 05-15-2012, 19:51   #161
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The Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava

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Everyone presumes the famous charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava Oct 25 1854 during the Crimean War was an outstanding example of British heroism and dash in the face of overwhelming odds.

But history has concealed how rumours and the fog of war contributed to the action.

The commander of the British forces under Lord Raglan had initiated a forced march over two prior days in an effort to link up with the French, who it was presumed needed support.

That meant his soldiers and the cavalrymen of Lord Cardigan's Light Brigade were extremely hungry as their march outpaced their supply columns and all they had had to eat for 2 days were some crumpets and tea.

On arriving at Balaclava with the main force, Raglan ordered Cardigan to punch a hole in the Russian lines to ascertain the whereabouts of the French who were likely lost.

Seeing how the area of the assault was defended in depth with Russian gun emplacements, Cardigan received this order with less than enthusiasm and to cover his nervousness proceeded to knit a sweater, one of his pre-war hobbies.

At that point - fate intervened in the form of a group of British skirmishers who brought to Cardigan a Russian deserter. The deserted advised Cardigan that Texas mercenaries in the employ of the Czar were currently to the rear of the Russian guns, butchering a cow and preparing some Texas old style BBQ.

Cardigan who had studied engineering at Rice University in Houston knew the full value and flavor of the feast the Texans were preparing - particularly to his starving men!

In short order, his men cheerfully formed up - made ready - the bugle sounded "CHARGE" and the Light Brigade successfully stormed the Russian gun emplacements, albeit at heavy cost. The casualties were deemed regrettable by Cardigan but felt "...there would be less men to share the BBQ with..."

Unfortunately, after penetrating the Russian lines to the supply area in the rear, the Light Brigade found no Texans..no cow...just some surly Russian orderlies stirring up a half warmed supply of borscht.

But it was not all for naught...the British received numerous medals, much front page coverage and were the number one requested search item requested on Google for a lengthy period.

Lord Cardigan received a promotion and after the war retired, moved to Los Angeles and became a consultant to the movie industry.

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Lord Cardigan received a promotion and after the war retired, moved to Los Angeles and became a consultant to the movie industry.

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Lord Cardigan's movie consulting career was not successful. He missed two important trends:

- He thought "talkies" would never become popular.

- He thought television would have only minimal effect on theatre attendance.

The movie industry finally told him to stick to sweaters.
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Lord Cardigan's movie consulting career was not successful. He missed two important trends:

- He thought "talkies" would never become popular.

- He thought television would have only minimal effect on theatre attendance.

The movie industry finally told him to stick to sweaters.
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Old 05-15-2012, 21:49   #168
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Everyone presumes the famous charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava Oct 25 1854 during the Crimean War was an outstanding example of British heroism and dash in the face of overwhelming odds.

But history has concealed how rumours and the fog of war contributed to the action.

The commander of the British forces under Lord Raglan had initiated a forced march over two prior days in an effort to link up with the French, who it was presumed needed support.

That meant his soldiers and the cavalrymen of Lord Cardigan's Light Brigade were extremely hungry as their march outpaced their supply columns and all they had had to eat for 2 days were some crumpets and tea.

On arriving at Balaclava with the main force, Raglan ordered Cardigan to punch a hole in the Russian lines to ascertain the whereabouts of the French who were likely lost.

Seeing how the area of the assault was defended in depth with Russian gun emplacements, Cardigan received this order with less than enthusiasm and to cover his nervousness proceeded to knit a sweater, one of his pre-war hobbies.

At that point - fate intervened in the form of a group of British skirmishers who brought to Cardigan a Russian deserter. The deserted advised Cardigan that Texas mercenaries in the employ of the Czar were currently to the rear of the Russian guns, butchering a cow and preparing some Texas old style BBQ.

Cardigan who had studied engineering at Rice University in Houston knew the full value and flavor of the feast the Texans were preparing - particularly to his starving men!

In short order, his men cheerfully formed up - made ready - the bugle sounded "CHARGE" and the Light Brigade successfully stormed the Russian gun emplacements, albeit at heavy cost. The casualties were deemed regrettable by Cardigan but felt "...there would be less men to share the BBQ with..."

Unfortunately, after penetrating the Russian lines to the supply area in the rear, the Light Brigade found no Texans..no cow...just some surly Russian orderlies stirring up a half warmed supply of borscht.

But it was not all for naught...the British received numerous medals, much front page coverage and were the number one requested search item requested on Google for a lengthy period.

Lord Cardigan received a promotion and after the war retired, moved to Los Angeles and became a consultant to the movie industry.

(EDITORS NOTE - This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2012)

And that was the first "Cardigan Sweater"?
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On May 2, 1945 the mighty French Army stormed the Reichstag, effectively ending German resistance in WW2. Shortly thereafter, in keeping with French Military tradition, the soilders threw their rifles to the ground, raised their hands in the air and declared total victorty.
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Over the span of time many languages have been mixed and crossed and the definitions of some words, in their original language, have been lost, for instance, the Latin word "Politic" originally meant "sodomy for profit"
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