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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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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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madf11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Uhlans?
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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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madf11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Indeed meine kaiser!
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