Author(s): Terry Brighton
On 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War, the Light Brigade of the British Cavalry Division made the most magnificent and most brutal charge in military history. Almost 700 men armed with sabre and lance, charged straight at the muzzles of Russian cannons. This vivid and extraordinarily detailed account of the charge and the bloody melee that followed, by an author with unique access to regimental archives, is told largely in the words of the survivors themselves. Terry Brighton takes the reader closer than ever before to the experience of charging down the Valley of Death.
'Hell Riders...is a first-rate account of the charge itself and the system which let it happen. Written with humour and understanding...a masterly, moving and entertaining book.' Allan Mallinson, The Times. 'He writes with pace and precision, and as an account of this episode his book will be hard to beat...excellent'. Simon Heffer, The Spectator.
For many years Terry Brighton has sourced and worked with unique survivor's accounts of this battle. Terry Brighton is the Curator of The Queen's Royal Lancers Museum - the direct descendents of the 17th Lancers who led the charge. He is a member of the Crimean War Research Society and is an authority on The Crimean War. He has a degree in Politics and Philosophy and lives in Grantham.