Napoleon's Dragoons and Lancers (Men-at-Arms, Volume 55) by Emir Bukhari

By Emir Bukhari

France was once to name up a complete of 1,600,000 males in the course of the Napoleonic Wars, of whom an insignificant 600,000 have been to outlive. For these conscripted into provider, one of many higher fates will be recruitment as a cavalryman. Napoleon's dragoons weren't simply any band of people taken care of and labelled cavalrymen; they have been fixed squaddies, informed to be adept with either musket and sabre, and happy with that contrast. initially fixed for the sake of mobility yet typically battling strolling, they advanced into a military both at domestic sabring on the cost as firing dismounted.

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E1: Trooper, Cazadores del Rímac, 1880 Formed on March 26, 1880, this regiment had two squadrons, one of mounted fusiliers and the other of lancers. The regiment was completely turned out as per the Chilean Carabineros de Yungay, with that unit’s clothing and equipment from the captured transport ship Rímac. The only prescribed difference from the original Chilean uniform was a brass bugle-horn badge that should have been worn on the képi and collar to replace the Carabineers’ crossed carbine-and-saber, shown here.

A dark brown sling supports the classic Chilean caramañola water bottle, not visible here (see Plate C2). The weapon (just visible hanging beside his leg) is a Spencer carbine, the most common alternative to the Winchester; officers frequently had Lefaucheux revolvers. Again, the saber is a French M1839 Chatellerault. B3: Trooper, Carabineros de Yungay, 1881 This unit was formed on May 8, 1879, soon after the beginning of the war. Like the other two cavalry regiments, for the 1880 Lima campaign it received new light blue-gray campaign uniforms.

Some units on the right wing fought bravely, but this makeshift force had no chance of victory against Chilean veterans. The small core of the forces organized by Cáceres was provided by veterans of previous campaigns, but the real key to the Peruvian successes in the Sierra were the bands of guerrillas recruited from the Quechua Indian villages, who naturally had the advantage of intimate knowledge of the terrain. Being mountaineers born and bred, they could walk for enormous distances and climb to great altitudes; unlike the Chileans sent into the Andes, they were unaffected by the cold or by the puña (altitude sickness).

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