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How far do sources 2 and 3 support the view of the Charge of the Light Brigade given in source 1?
The charge of the light brigade was an important moment in British military history and the strategy of this battle and the military leaders came under huge scrutiny. The 3 sources I am going to tale about are descriptions of the Charge of the light brigade, in this essay I will compare and analyse each source and work out how far sources 2 and 3 support the view of source 1.
Source 1 is from Timothy Gowing, who was in the British army and an eye witness to the charge of the light brigade, it was published in the ‘Ranks’ in 1895. He describes how the ‘field was covered with the wreck of men and horses’ this gives you the image of how the battle really was, that the battle had clearly not gone well and they had lost many men and horses. He also says how ‘an officer very kindly lent me his field-glass’ this is indirectly praising the hierarchy of the British army, he is portraying them as caring and trying to take the blame off them for how badly the battle went. He also makes a point of how savage and brutal the Russians are, he says how the enemy were ‘hacking at the wounded’ and that they were ‘bloodthirsty’ this is trying to remove the blame from British incompetence. However Gowing does praise and recognise the courage of the normal British soldiers.
Source 2 is from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poet and published in a newspaper in 1954, he was also the poet of the queen. As the source is a poem it clearly romanticises the battle and doesn’t truly paint the picture of the horror of the battle. It glorifies the soldiers and the war as it says things like ‘horse and hero fell’ which is praising the courage of the soldiers, this is similar to source 1 which also acknowledges the bravery of the soldiers, this clearly supports source 1 in this way as both sources recognises...

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