Sunday, October 25, 2015

Agincourt, Leyte and Charge of the Light Brigade

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England, now abed,
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Today, October 25th marks the anniversary of these three battles. Agincourt, where Henry V defeated the French and its Nobles and thus changing France forever, in 1415, The Charge of the Light Brigade  led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War leading to a massive loss of life for no gain, and October 25th 1944 the Battle of Leyte Gulf in which my father and his shipmates defeated the last remnants of the Japanese Navy, leading to the final defeat of Japan.