1.1 [as plural noun] (In the English Civil War) Cromwell’s cavalry troopers, so called by their Royalist opponents in allusion to their hardiness in battle.
- Oliver Cromwell's steel-clad Ironsides crushed the Royalist troops of Charles I, the Iron Cross honoured German military valour, the Iron Curtain marked the boundary of cold war national alliances.
- In early 1645 the New Model Army was formed, based largely on the Ironsides, who continued as part of the new army.
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