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The Crimean Campaign: On the front line of men's fashion since 1854

August 19, 2011 | 12:30 pm

If you're a military history buff with a stylish streak, you might be interested in reading the piece I penned for this Sunday's Book section about the 1953 book "The Reason Why" by Cecil Woodham-Smith.

The book explores -- in great detail -- all the factors leading up to the Oct. 25, 1854, Battle of Balaclava and the disastrous cavalry charge later immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

What does this  particular battle of the Crimean War have to do with fashion and style, you may ask?

You might be surprised.

Let's just say you'll never look at a cardigan sweater quite the same way.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Caton Woodville's painting "The Charge of The Light Brigade" captures the colorful uniforms worn by the British soldiers at the Battle of Balaclava. Credit: a public domain work courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (the work is in the public domain because its copyright has expired).


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