Tennyson called it the Valley of Death
The men of the Light Brigade called it Hell
It was a mile long
During the Crimean War, while British and French armies clash with the Russians, Major Jack Blake of Her Majesty's Special Intelligence Department races to uncover a conspiracy that could defeat the Allies.
In Jack Blake the SID has a man who will do the army's dirtiest work. He is an assassin but has been promoted for it because he kills for Queen Victoria.
The climax of his quest comes as he rides with the Light Brigade in the most horrific charge in military history. The brigade, armed with sword and lance, rode Hell's mile under the severest fire of round shot and shell from Russian cannons to the front and on both sides. In the slaughter that followed, many men fell. Those who survived took a terrible revenge on the enemy.
Hell's Mile puts the reader in the saddle to ride into the Valley of Death with the Light Brigade.
17th Lancers and 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry
A life of hard riding and hot fighting for Great Britain and the United States
Thomas Morley rode with the British 17th Lancers in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava, hurtling straight at the muzzles of Russian guns. "The flame, the smoke, the roar were in our faces - it was like riding into the mouth of a volcano."
Later he fought for the Union in the American Civil War, riding with the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry. "The worst running fight I ever was in was when two squadrons charged us and we had a fight with revolvers for four miles - I lost twenty-one out of thirty men."
"The only man in the United States who rode in the charge at Balaklava,
and a captain of cavalry in the Northern Army throughout the Civil War."
The Washington Post 1894
Lieutenant Churchil rides in the British Army's last full cavalry charge
A blow by blow account of Winston's bloodiest battle
On September 2, 1898, on the plain outside the Sudanese city of Omdurman, Colonel Martin of the 21st Lancers gave the order, "Charge!" Lieutenant Winston Churchill rode with the 21st in the British Army's last cavalry charge.Afterwards, over 100 men of the 440-strong regiment were dead or badly wounded, slashed or pierced by sword and spear, but they had driven away 2800 enemy warriors.
Lieutenant Churchill penned a stirring first-hand account. But one man's experience can hardly convey the full horror, and in Winston's Charge the officers and men of the 21st tell their own story, alongside Churchill's. In their graphic accounts, we come as close as we can to experiencing the mad dash of the charge, the clash with the enemy. and the bloody carnage that followed.
Winston's Charge enlists the reader into the 21st Lancers to ride alongside Lieutenant Churchill in the Charge at Omdurman.