How Far Do the Sources Suggest That Captain Nolan Was to Blame for the Disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava? Essay

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How far do the sources suggest that captain Nolan was to blame for the disastrous charge of the light brigade at Balaclava? Source 1 and 2 appear to suggest that Captain Nolan was far from at fault in the military disaster that was the charge of the light brigade. Source 1 is from Captain Nolan’s obituary so is going to portray a positive picture of the man and his actions, rather than to slander the dead man’s name. The source does recognise that primarily most of the blame was put onto Nolan for the great loss of men at the charge. However the way it does document this blame is in a very astute manner, as the source uses phrases such as hastily attached and it was alleged. This shows that the editor of The Illustrated London News was a supporter of Nolan and possibly wasn’t a great supporter of the higher command in the British army. Similarly source 2 appears to deflect the blame off Captain Nolan but in this source we are given a clear idea of who is thought to be at fault for the failings of the Charge of the Light Brigade. The source is clear about whom it feels is responsible as it clear as day states “Lucan was to blame”, it backs this up by saying as a senior officer Lucan should not have been influenced by Nolan’s eager spirit. Source 2 offers very little evidence to say that the disaster wasn’t Captain Nolan’s fault other than blaming Lucan for acting according to the captain’s enthusiasm. Whereas source 1 does offer a fairly good reason as to why the sole blame can’t be put upon the late captain’s shoulders, it states that the charge was so opposed to Nolan’s own theories on tactics that he would have never suggested it, even under excess of enthusiasm. Source 3 on the other hand shares the blame around no one man is solely responsible for the failings that day. This is the only source that does put some blame onto Nolan. There is a varying

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