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"The Charge of the Light Brigade" was a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, a British poet who lived in the 19th century. Its subject was an infamous British cavalry charge at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War (1853-1856).

Just prior to entering battle during Operation Return against overwhelming Dominion and Cardassian forces, Miles O'Brien and Julian Bashir quoted a stanza of this poem. The quote had particular significance because the 600 Starfleet ships were in danger of being outflanked and surrounded by the larger Dominion fleet. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
  Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
  Rode the six hundred.

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