The Charge of the Light Brigade


The Crimean War continues to drag on. The allies’ siege of Sevastopol is grinding to a stalemate. The Russians seek to counterattack to tip the balance back in their favour. As they make gains at Balaclava, the British cavalry undertake one of the most tragically heroic actions in British history: the Charge of the Light Brigade. Listen as William and Anita are joined by Orlando Figes to discuss the end of the Crimean War, the impact it had upon Russia, and the shadow it still casts today.

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Producer: Callum Hill

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport + Neil Fearn

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