Sevastopol - Ukrainian armed farces under the command of Lord Cardiganovych were urged to read Alfred, Lord Tennyson's epic poem Charge of the Light Brigade and take to heart such lines as 'Into the Valley of Death rode the six hundred'.
The poet laureate's 1854 work has just been resurrected in an eerie prediction of what might happen if the Ukrainian civil war in Crimea escalates.
Now 160 years after the original military cock-up sent hundreds of soldiers to a total bloodbath Ukrainian military commander Lord Raglanovych appears to be planning to send his men to pursue and harry a retreating Russian artillery battery.**
And hystery is at risk of repeating itself as the inevitable fiasco occurs and the task force is erroneously sent on a full frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one armed to the back teeth.
Yulia Tymoshenko's hand-held Glock is in dire need of a service.
** Rumors suggest most of Putin's men have sophisticated weaponry powered by Energiser batteries.