Quotation by Pierre Bosquet

It is magnificent, but it is not war.
[C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.]
Pierre Bosquet (1810–1861), French general. Quoted in The Reason Why, ch. 12, Cecil Woodham-Smith (1953).

Referring to the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, Crimea, Oct. 25, 1854. Benjamin Disraeli told the House of Commons that this military fiasco was "a feat of chivalry, fiery with consummate courage, and bright with flashing courage." The London Times correspondent, W.H. Russell, referred to it as a "glorious catastrophe."
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