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Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade Hardcover – 24 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; illustrated edition edition (24 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844157563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844157563
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain Louis Nolan delivered the order that started one of the most famous blunders in all military history - the Charge of the Light Brigade. Nolan's conduct and the Charge itself have been the subject of intense, sometimes bitter debate ever since. To some he is a hero who died in the act of trying to correct the terrible mistake. Others believe that he was the cause of the calamity - accusing him of sending the Light Brigade to its doom. Yet there has been no recent biography of Nolan. He remains an ambiguous, controversial figure to this day.

In this fresh and perceptive study David Buttery reassesses Nolan the man and looks at his entire career. There was much more to Louis Nolan than his fatal role in the Charge, and his background, his character and his contribution to the army of his day have been obscured and sometimes distorted.

David Buttery's sympathetic account of the life of this misunderstood, sometimes maligned soldier throws new light on the Victorian army and its officer class, and on the conduct of the war in the Crimea. And it offers the reader an inside view of the most notorious episode of that war, the Charge at Balaklava on 25 October 1854.


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