5 Battles You Can -- and Should -- Recreate in Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator

The Battle of Balaclava

The Battle of Balaclava took place on October 25, 1854, during the Crimean War near the port of Balaclava. It saw the Allied forces (British, French, and Ottoman Empires) defending the port from the Russians. This battle is famous-- amongst history buffs-- for a couple particular moments.

Thin Red Line

The first was a great success. A line of soldiers only 2 men deep is all that stood between a Russian brigade of cavalry and Balaclava. It is said that the Allied commander Colin Campbell had such a low opinion of the Russian cavalry that he decided not have his men line up 4 deep, as per tradition. The men only got the chance to fire volleys at 600, 350 and 150 yards respectively before the Russian commander had his men retreat, assuming that such a small force must be a diversion distracting them from a much larger force behind them. Whatever the case, the Thin Red Line saved the day.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

This second tale, from the same battle, is considered one of the most epic fails in British Military history. Lord Raglan, the leader over the whole battle, sent orders for the brigade to intercept Russian troops that were trying to take guns from an overrun position. This was well suited for a brigade of cavalry. Cavalry are fast and the enemy would be caught flat footed. However, this was not the order they received.

The order they actually received commanded them to run headlong into an established gun battery. Surrounded on three sides by cannons, these men valiantly carried out their orders. Despite many of them dying, they did briefly pierce enemy lines, scattering enemy gunners in the process. The remaining men were forced to retreat shortly thereafter. Some 200 of 600+ men were left alive with horses in tow after this.

The failed military action was so epic that it inspired the iconic poem of the same name by Lord Tennyson only mere weeks afterward. It was also the influence for the above Iron Maiden song -- The Trooper.

Published Apr. 22nd 2017

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