Book review: 24 Hours at Balaclava

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It’s one of the most iconic and well-known battles of the Crimean War, the fighting at Balaclava and the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Author: Ian Hughes

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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It’s one of the most iconic and well-known battles of the Crimean War, the fighting at Balaclava and the Charge of the Light Brigade. In this look at the battle, including the fateful charge, Robert Kershaw takes us through events hour by hour, which gives the narrative a dramatic urgency.

 

It includes accounts from not only the commanders, but ordinary men on the British, French, Turkish and Russian sides. These diary excerpts add a layer of realism that many titles tackling the subject lack. It all adds up to a fascinating revisit to the Crimea and, when the action heats up and the horses charge, quite an exciting read as well.

 

• The History Press

 

• ISBN 978-0-7509-8888-9

 

• 290 pages • Paperback • £20

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer July 2019

 

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