Post by chardvc on Dec 24, 2015 10:44:45 GMT -5
I think Reno's mistake is that he turns and runs when he could probably have defended the timber. He's possibly freaked by the ferocity of the NA attack but with a determined defence I think he could have held the trees, brought more of the NA attack on himself and ultimately given GAC more time to do whatever he had planned. He ran - allowed a good portion of his command to be over-run and created the gap that was exploited by the NAs. Not his fault though - who put someone so inexperienced (with NAs) in that position?
The Light Brigade made a mistake and perhaps your Lord Chelmsford made a mistake but Reno took one of the two options open to him the advantages and disadvantages of which do not lend themselves to definitive clear cut judgement.
As regards the the position in the timber because it was outflanked left and right your" probable" defence is downgraded to at best possible.
Merry Christmas Wild,
Chelmsford made more than a mistake!! Mistakes by commanders sealed the fate of many of the Light Brigade but nevertheless against hopeless odds they followed the orders given to them and charged at the point they were ordered to - to their certain deaths. But that's a whole different structure of mentality and discipline and .... not for this board.
There seems to be different opinions (as there is on most issues) as to whether the timber was able to be defended. What appears not to be contested (from much of the evidence of those that were there) is that the scramble to the bluffs was neither organised or orderly. I think Dr Porter is the most reliable witness here.
Looking at the timelines, if Reno had stuck it out at the valley bottom for an hour or so, things may have turned out very differently. But too many "ifs and maybe's". He didn't stay, and that, in my opinion, creates the gap into which the NAs are able to move and which ultimately seals the various fates of the whole command.
I will again say - I don't think it's Reno's fault - someone, somewhere decided that he was experienced or able enough to be put in the position he was placed. Now there's a mistake.