Advice on Pre-Waterloo sabre

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Advice on Pre-Waterloo sabre

Postby StoneDog » 01 Nov 2017 22:21

I've been on the edge of re-enactment for quite a few years, as such I've picked up the absolute basics with a few weapons (Dane axe, Viking broadsword and spear, both these last with and without shield).... So, I can stand in a shield-wall or just about manage to not hit myself in the face :lol:

I'm now in a Napoleonic Period British Infantry unit, however I'm not asking about bayonet fighting (well, not yet anyway). Some of us were talking about swords and we would like to learn some British military sabre, partly because sword a-foot seems to be rather neglected by nearly everyone in our Period.

So, can anyone recommend teaching manuals for military sabre that are Pre-Waterloo (so, late 1700's or the first decade of the 1800's) and probably available to a British junior officer ?

Thanks
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Re: Advice on Pre-Waterloo sabre

Postby StoneDog » 03 Nov 2017 19:35

Thanks for the source, I've also been checking out the links available on here.

Does anyone have opinions on how clear and simple (or otherwise) these books are?
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Re: Advice on Pre-Waterloo sabre

Postby Thearos » 05 Nov 2017 21:59

Roworth's Art of defence is on this site, and it's not difficult. A reenactor would do well to practice the six cuts before a simple target chalked on a barn door
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Re: Advice on Pre-Waterloo sabre

Postby Thearos » 06 Nov 2017 02:06

The only issue is whether you systematically slip the front leg when parrying or not.
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