Lead: Made famous in verse and legend the Charge and decimation of the Light Brigade was due to a misunderstood order.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Determined to punish the Russians for having their aggressive designs in the Balkans, the French and British in the fall of 1854 attacked the port of Sebastopol, Russia's Black Sea Naval base in the Crimean peninsula. They were not having an easy time of it. The allies were just barely able to hold onto their base in the small port of Balaclava.

The Charge of the Light Brigade took place on a flat plateau above Balaclava. It was split by a range of low hills, the Causeway Heights running if one can imagine the face of a clock from nine southeast to about four on the face of a clock. By October 25, 1854 the Russians had control of the Causeway Heights and their artillery threatened the city.