The battle of Balaclava was a pivotal moment in the Crimean War. The Brittish troops spend time regrouping between battles, and CBS reporters take us there to relive the action.
Join in for the description of Brittish cavalry facing off with the Russians. We learn of recent blunders, attitudes of the common soldier, and the alliance between Scots, Brits, and the French. Why is this war being faught? The Russians claim to be defenders of the Christian faith from the Turks who would somehow change their society. Other issues related to religion, politics and economics are touched on, and each side claims the other started it.
Activity begins to stir on the battlefield as cavalry units charge out to meet the Russians. Field pieces open fire, and CBS reporters give the blow by blow. After a few false starts, and failed attempts, the 600 man light brigade rallies a charge that seems to have broken down the Russian resolve. Has anything been resolved with certainty? Is this just a momentary win? In battle it can be hard to say, but the losses are great, and irreversable.