The Trooper

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of Hell

Rode the six hundred.

At Balaklava on 25 October 1854 during the Crimean War, the Light Brigade made the most magnificent and most brutal charge in military history. 666 cavalrymen armed with sabre and lance charged down a mile-long valley, straight at the muzzles of Russian cannons. In the slaughter that followed, many fell to roundshot and shell fired from the front and both sides. Those who survived took a bloody revenge on the enemy.

The best-known cavalry charge in history is commemorated by the best-known poem in the English language: The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. His verses caught the public imagination with their rhythm that echoed the beat of the hooves.

October 25th 2015. 161 years since the charge of the light brigade – a lightly armed, horse mounted brigade of British troops that were often used for reconnaissance and skirmishing.

Immortalised in 1983 on Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind album, this could be the only song about the battle that took place during the Crimean War. The single reached number 12 in the UK singles chart and is a staple in the bands live set more than three decades later.

Sorry for two Maiden tracks in two days. Well. Actually no I’m not!!

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