The Russians are advancing towards the ridge supported by artillery and a huge number of cavalry:
To the west the British cavalry have deployed to threaten the flank of any forces attacking towards Balaclava, with the Light Brigade looking down North Valley and the Heavy Brigade to the South:
The Turks defending Redoubt 3 prepare to receive attacking infantry:
The forces defending Balaclava, under Sir Colin Campbell, are alerted and he has deployed the 93rd Highlanders to a small knoll on his left flank. Some Turks have deployed across the road, while Marines hold the heights guarding the approaches to the port. A horse battery has deployed in support:
The battle is about to begin.