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A Clip of the Charge from a 1936 Movie

A pretty cool dramatization of the charge from The Charge of the Light Brigade, starring Errol Flynn.  It's way more action movie than mournful tribute, but that doesn't make it any less good.

Clip from Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

In case you wanted to see the action in color…

Animated Movie of the Crimean War

A sort of trippy, slightly confusing but weirdly fun cartoon recap of the Crimean War.

Photo Montage of Crimean War Pics

A pretty good song, too.

Audio

Tennyson Reading the Poem

A very early sound recording of the very old poet reading his famous poem.  Sounds like he's underwater, wrapped in gauze, and about a half a mile away, but still worth a listen.

Another Reading of the Poem

An actor performs a dramatic reading of the poem.

"Retelling the Tale of the Light Brigade"

An NPR Weekend Edition episode from the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Balaclava.

Photos and Pics

Alfred Tennyson in a Crazy Hat

You owe it to yourself to check this one out.

Articles and Documents

"Why the Charge of the Light Brigade still matters"

An article from the BBC on the 150th anniversary of the Charge.

An Eyewitness Account

Read excerpts from the letters and journals of General George Paget, a guy who was a part of the Battle of Balaclava.

Websites

Tennyson Bio from The Victorian Web

A good place to start for information about Tennyson's life.

Tennyson's Poems

Here's another bio, plus a nice group of online texts of Tennyson's "greatest hits."

Summary of the Crimean War

Learn more about the Crimean War from the BBC

History of the Battle of Balaclava

Gives a good overview of the battle itself.

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