Lead: Remembered in verse and song, the futile charge of the Light Brigade was the result of incompetence and misunderstanding but remains one of the most extraordinary examples of personal gallantry and courage in modern warfare.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: The verdict of history has not been kind to the Crimean War fought in the mid-1850s. Deservedly so. Few Europeans had even heard of the Crimea, the peninsula which juts out into the Black Sea from the south of Russia. The returns of the war were very meager: thousands of deaths, enormous expenditure and little tangible result.