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Theirs but to do and die... by Kaiser-Conti Theirs but to do and die... by Kaiser-Conti
Half a league half a league
  Half a league onward
All in the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade
Charge for the guns' he said
Into the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldiers knew
  Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
  Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot & shell,
Boldly they rode & well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
  Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turned in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
  All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
  Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot & shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them
  Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
  All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
  Noble six hundred! :salute:

poem by Alfred, lord Tennyson
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:iconfirelord-zuko:
firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why the Polish pennants? Also, didn't British light cavalry switch to the red coat early during Victoria's reign?
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
The lance pennons are obviously an error I made several years ago - the colours should be reversed. As for the uniform colour, you are right, but the 17th were the only lancer regiment allowed to wear blue.
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
It was a terrible blunder - but please remember that Lord Cardigan and his surviving brigade members did BRIEFLY reach and take the guns.
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gamerknight83 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Nicely drawn. I wish I can draw cavalry charge pics like you did. My favorite part of the army was always the cavalry, and you did not disappoint with that drawing of yours. I might draw mines soon maybe with the 7th cavalry. Anyway, nice pic and keep it up!
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Retartacus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
A sad sad day.Luckly my 10-greatsGrandfather was in The Queen's Lancashire Regiment.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Huzzah! Oh what a foolish and noble thing. Nice work.
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:iconmadf11:
madf11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Uhlans?
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
well that's a German and Eastern European equivalent of te word "lancer" ;)
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:iconmadf11:
madf11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Indeed meine kaiser!
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nigellus Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Student
one of the greatest military blunders of all time, Nice sketch, you caught the spirit of the charge.
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
oh thank you :bow:
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Electricfox5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
Brilliant, you've captured the charge well....now which one's my great-great-great-grandad? ;)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
thanks :D and in which regiment your ancestor fought? ;)
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Electricfox5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
17th Lancers, Sergeant Butler, if I recall correctly.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
well... Terry Brighton mentions one Butler from that regiment :D ...William..but according to Brighton he was a private :? did he wrote his memories in a book "A descriptive account of the famous charge of the light brigade" ? anyway...he's somewhere ot there I'm sure of it :D
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Electricfox5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
Ah, he could have been a private then, that side of my family is a bit hazy, I'll have to pass a message onto my Grandfather, he knows more about it than me, but it's still rather humbling to have a relative present at the charge. :) Very brave men.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist
awesome!!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
thank you :bow:
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Caboose86 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I´ve read about this! It was in the book "The Worlds Biggest Mistakes". The pointless arguing among the higher officers caused the deaths of the brave 600. Glory to their memory! (How the hell do I get that salute-smiley?!)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
well not only the arguing between Lucan and Cardigan... :P lord Raglan gave an enigmatic order... hard to interprete...also captain nolan who delivered the order wasn't able to explain what Raglan want to say...he was too excited and wanted the cavalry to charge immediately...Nolan's conversation with Lucan was very "hot" so to speak and he pointed the light Brigade's target -this was a mistake...people claim that during the charge he wanted to undo his terrible mistake and he tried to focus attention on him...he probably wanted to "re-direct" the charge on the Csuseway heights..but then he was hit by a Russian shell...

Lucan was an idiot just like his brother in law Cardigan but his experience in this campaign said that he has to obey Raglan's orders and nothing more...So he thought that he has nothing to say in this case and ordered Cardigan to lead the charge... this case is very difficult and complicated so it's hard to say who takes the whole responsibility for that unnecessary carnage

I fully recommend Terry Brighton's book "Hell riders" about that charge ...it explains a lot :)
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GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Hm... cała otoczka przypomina mi "napoleońskie" wyobrażenie kawalerii... A biało-czerwone barwy w Jego armii mieli tylko Polacy lub hm... Hanowerzanie (?) w czasie wojny z Rosją. A skoro Ci drudzy nie byli przydzieleni do jakiejkolwiek formacji konnej to muszą być Polacy oO.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
pudło generalne :P wojna krymska ...17 pułk lansjerów (wraz z niepokazanymi tutaj 11 i 8 pułkiem huzarów oraz 4 i 13 pułkiem lekkich dragonów szarżujący na ruskie armaty :P ) Rule Britannia! :evillaugh:
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akseiya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
a ja gópi jak zobaczyłem obrazek z biało-czerwonym proporczykiem, to w wierszu widziałem głównie "szarżowanie na armaty" - i heja, ho, Somosierra :D :D :D
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
hehe szwoleżerowie nie mieli wtedy na wyposażeniu lanc .... :D dopiero rok później po bitwie pod wagram polscy szwoleżerowie stali się szwoleżerami-lansjerami w uznaniu tego jak rozbili pułk ułanów księcia schwarzenberga ..zabrali ułanom lance i poszarzowali dalej :) a brytyjczykom tez zdrzyło się szarzowa na armaty...i to w o wiele gorszej sytuacji :P
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akseiya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
"zabrali ułanom lance i poszarżowali dalej"
piękne :D
w sumie skoro sami sobie wzięli, to głupio by było potem zabierać :D
_________
Zawsze, gdy widzę portet Franza Josepha, to przypomina mi się K.Przerwa-Tetmajer i jego wystę;py w c.k. parlamencie :D

a to w sygnaturce to chyba z hymnu, tego co brzmiał jak "Deutschland, Deutschland"? Coś mi tam błyska jakieś wspomnienie z c.k. dezerterów...
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
tak to z hymnu cesarskiego..."Kaiserlied" i to nie austriacki brzmi jak niemiecki tylko na odwrót ^^!...Niemcy przywłaszczyli sobie melodię skomponowaną przez Haydna na urodziny cesarza Franciszka II (później I :P ) gdzies pod koniec XVIII wieku :D..zresztą w okresie II Rzeszy hymnem nie był "deutschlandlied" tylko "Heil dir im Siegerkranz" grany na melodię God save the King/Queen ^^

C.K. dezerterzy boski film ^^
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GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Gorszej? To może być coś gorszego niż szarża przez wąwóz w liczbie 200 na skomasowaną artylerię wroga i liczne oddziały, które tylko czekały na sygnał do ataku?
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
może być...atak przez dolinę w liczbie 600 i artyleria strzela z trzech stron :P ..do tego później od tyłu atakuja kozacy :P
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:icongod-soviet:
GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Tu nie ma wąwozu ~~
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:iconakseiya:
akseiya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
na pewno schował się za tamtym koniem po prawej! ;-)
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:icongod-soviet:
GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Na to wygląda... Ale zdawało mi się, że ich kawaleria miała czerwone mundury... Cóż, rysunek jest naprawdę świetny.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
dragoni bez wyjątku mieli czerwone...dragonia lekka miała ciemną zieleń...huzarzy to inna kwestia ...z reguły jakiś ciemny granat...a lansjerzy zależy od regimentu ;P dzięki
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:icongod-soviet:
GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Wojna nowożytna to nie moja działka. Twoja wiedza jest na całkiem niezłym poziomie ; ]. Daj coś z XX wieku to pogadamy coś więcej ; ].
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
wystarczy trochę przewinąć galerię...troche pierwszej swiatowej jest :P...zasięg moich zainteresowań to góra 1920 rok ;P ..ach ta kawaleria...
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GoD-Soviet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Wolę brunatną stal i czerwony sztandar w Berlinie. Co do Iwś to moje zainteresowania kończą się na ogólnikach, choc z zamiłowania jestem historykiem i to chyba całkiem niezłym ;d. Ty pewnie też.
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
ożż ty...bolszewii zwolennik?! :P
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew this marvelous picture better than many Polish XIX th century artists would... ^^ *fav*
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
panie co pan pisze po jangielsku? :P do kossaka mi duuużo jeszcze brakuje..ale mam zamiar kiedyś go przebic ! ^^ and thank you for the :+fav: ^^
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Jak chcesz pan, to moge po polsku :D
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
no od razu inaczej :giggle:
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Jakby co, to mój argentyński amigo przysłał mnie tutaj. Jak mi nie wierzysz, to zapytaj się go, czy nie jestem na jego liście przyjaciół XD
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
senior Ding? alez wierzę i znam jegomościa ^^ wykonujesz zlecenia od argentyńskiej mafii? :P
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:iconrtjdudek:
RTJDudek Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Tak i jestem drugi w hierarchi po seniorze Dingu ^^
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
no no...jego C.K. mość czuje sie wyraźnie zaintrygowana :P znaczy jak "przysłał"? Befehl był że masz odwiedzic tą galeryję ? ;P
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
death or glory...

evferyone forgets poor old nolan, hit in the head straight away and trampled by his cavalry....

love the picture though! this one always capture the imagination!
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
death or glory...

evferyone forgets poor old nolan, hit in the head straight away and trampled by his cavalry....

love the picture though! this one always capture the imagination!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
by a grenade part I believe? well currently I'm reading Terry Brighton's book "Hell Riders" and this influenced me a lot .. :D thanks for recognition chum ;)
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
aye! you're right i think, i saw that book too, might read it some day, im on napoleon at the moment!
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Scypion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Super wyszła Ci ta szarża kawalerii. Dobre tło
Fajnie wyglądają te wybuchajace pociski
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