The British were led by Sir Harry Smith, while the Sikhs were led by Ranjodh Singh Majithia. The British won a victory which is sometimes regarded as the turning point of the First Anglo-Sikh War.
Balaklava (Crimean War)
25 October 1854
Balaklava, Crimean Peninsula (in present-day Ukraine)
The battle is famed for two British cavalry charges and the 93rd Highlanders’ ‘thin red streak tipped with a line of steel’ which repulsed a Russian cavalry attack. The Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava was the result of a miscommunication which saw the Light Brigade charge, unsupported by infantry, into the mouths of massed Russian cannon. The charge is commemorated in Lord Tennyson’s poem.