Lord Raglan's Influence On The Battle Of Balaclava

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"Not though the soldier knew, someone had blundered. Thiers not to make reply, thiers not to reason why, thiers but to do and die." Lord Tennyson wrote the last sentence as part of a larger poetic tribute to the courage of those who made a particular charge during the battle of Balaclava. This essay is to address the Mission Command principles of Lord Raglan, and how as commander he influenced the Battle of Balaclava. Lord Raglan's most notable impacts on the Battle of Balaclava was not building subordinate commanders into a cohesive team, oversimplification of using mission orders, failure to provide a clear commander's intent, and not creating a shared understanding. The Battle of Balaclava itself was part of the Crimean War with the allied nations of Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire fighting the Russian Empire. The Battle of Balaclava took place on 25 October, 1854 and was part of a larger operation to seize the Port of Sevastopol. Lord Raglan, who was born Fitzroy Sunrierset, was the commander of all British forces, and General Liprandi commanded the Russian army. The battle took place on the far, fight flank of the British, French, and Ottoman empire, who will hereafter be called “allied” forces, in an area of rolling hills and…show more content…
R Airey. Immediate.” This order failed to provide the direction intended in Raglan's haste issue it. This second order was supposed to be a continuation of the last order, taken together to mean cavalry are to advance on the heights immediately. Raglan failed to mention that the orders where to be taken jointly and Lucan had no historical precedent in other operations to think that they would be. The orders combined with a lack of situational awareness caused false conclusions by Lord

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