Fletcher Ishchenko: The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires, 155 Fletcher Ishchenko: The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires, 158.
Battle of Balaclava (see "In a Nutshell" for more on that).French military map of 1855.With the arrival of further Russian reinforcements, Menshikov's total force in theatre (including 12 Division) numbered around 65,000.25 The port of Balaclava lay outside the main Allied perimeter and had to be provided with a defensive system of its own.For many, the only justification for the 'flank march' was an immediate assault upon Sevastopol.Paget's 4th Light Dragoons were next to reach the line of cannon, engaging in some 'fierce hand-to-hand encounters' with the surviving gunners, before he too led his regiment after the fleeing Russians.Colonel Douglass, with 80 survivors, charged and pushed other Russian cavalry back to the Chernaya.Turning to Lord Paulet, he justified his action and his desire to preserve at least half of his cavalry division, "They have sacrificed the Light Brigade; they shall not have the Heavy, if I can help." 88 At 11:15, the eight Russian guns.Mackenzie's Farm was once the home of a Scottish admiral who had supervised the construction of the naval defence of Sebastopol at the end of the 18th century.When the Heavies attacked, the Earl of Cardigan's Light Brigade was less than 500 yards (450 m) from Ryzhov's cavalry.Royle puts the time of the order at 10:15.Recent intelligence received by the British had indicated a major Russian attack was imminent.
At a distance of 250 yards ( 230 m) from Obolensky's battery, Cardigan ordered his bugler to sound the 'Gallop'.
Brighton: The Truth about the Charge of the Light Brigade, 103.