This monument is dedicated to the men of the British Cavalry Light Brigade that made the famous and disastrous charge at the Battle of Balaklava during the 1854 Crimean War. As a consequence of the incompetence of its officers, the Light Brigade of the British cavalry was commanded to attack Russian gun positions, and was consequently slaughtered. Of the 600+ men who made the change, only around 200 survived unharmed. The action was later made famous by Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade". The monument, now surrounded by vineyards, stands at about where the charge began, outside the village of Balaklava, near Sebastopol, Crimean Republic, Ukraine.