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TITLE
The 'Thin Red Line' at Balaclava
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_467_P243
DATE OF IMAGE
1897
PERIOD
1850s
CREATOR
Robert Gibb
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31250
KEYWORDS
regiments
battles
The 'Thin Red Line' at Balaclava

The 'Thin Red Line' by Robert Gibb is one of the most famous images from the Crimean War. It shows the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders standing firm against Russian troops at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. The Times newspaper correspondent William Russell first coined the famous phrase when he described the 93rd as 'that thin red streak tipped with a line of steel'. Over the years the phrase became known as 'The Thin Red Line'.

The image is from 'Sutherland and the Reay Country' edited by Rev Adam Gunn & John Mackay, 1897

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The 'Thin Red Line' at Balaclava

1850s

regiments; battles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The 'Thin Red Line' by Robert Gibb is one of the most famous images from the Crimean War. It shows the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders standing firm against Russian troops at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. The Times newspaper correspondent William Russell first coined the famous phrase when he described the 93rd as 'that thin red streak tipped with a line of steel'. Over the years the phrase became known as 'The Thin Red Line'. <br /> <br /> The image is from 'Sutherland and the Reay Country' edited by Rev Adam Gunn & John Mackay, 1897