A cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.
- He quotes French cuirassiers (heavy cavalrymen) as saying that their sabers were ‘virtually useless in hand-to-hand cavalry fighting’.
- By 1804, twelve French heavy cavalry regiments had become cuirassiers, with cuirasses and steel helmets.
- Cavalry forces evolved into four categories throughout the ages: the cuirassier or heavy cavalryman, the lancer, the dragoon or mounted infantryman, and the light cavalry.
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