Avant-postes de cavalerie légère - De Brack - 1831

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Avant-postes de cavalerie légère - De Brack - 1831

Postby Thearos » 25 Jun 2011 12:15

In this manual on light cavalry practice by F. De Brack, there is a section on "weapons", pp. 62-80

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k86488d/f64.image

Some stuff on firearms, some on edged weapons: sabre (thrust, do not slash; if you must slash, use the "coup de revers" and drag through the cut; thrust very lightly), lance.
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Re: Avant-postes de cavalerie légère - De Brack - 1831

Postby Thearos » 26 Jun 2011 00:26

On lance, the parry "à l'entour" can be used to knock opponents off their horses; or to throw a sabre wielding opponent off his charge, and open him to a thrust as he rides past.
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Re: Avant-postes de cavalerie légère - De Brack - 1831

Postby Thearos » 27 Jun 2011 12:01

"How do you use the saber ?"

The sabre is the weapon in which you should trust the most, since it is very rare that it should betray you by breaking in your hands. The more coldly you direct its attacks,and the better you grip it, the more effective its blos are.

The attacks that kill are the thrusts; all the others merely wound. Thrust, thurst as much as you can, and you will unhorse all those you hit, you will demoralize the enemy who avoids your attacks, and you will add to these benefits that of not uncovering yourself, and always being on guard. In the first wars in Spain, our dragoons gained through their thrusts a reputation which demoralized the Spanish and English troops.

:"Should one use in wartime all the movements listed in the manual ?"

No. General rule: only strike when your enemy is before you, or abreast, but as soon as he is behind you, ward off blows with rapid moulinets.

""Which is the most powerful cut ?"
The backhand cut. You must use it only on an enemy as you overtake him, or on a cuirassier which it would be too risky to attack with a thrust to the side.

"Where should you apply it ?"
At the hight of the cravat, since it is in the nature of the cavalryman, when attacked, to duck, and hence you will strike him in the face; if you miss, your blow will strike him in the shoulder and fore-arm, and put the opponent hors-de-combat"

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Re: Avant-postes de cavalerie légère - De Brack - 1831

Postby Thearos » 12 Mar 2013 19:00

It may be of interest to note that not only was de Brack at Waterloo, he may be responsible for the Imperial Guard cavalry joining in the disastrous attack on the squares:

Letter of de Brack
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