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PM 6mmwargaming
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6mmwargaming
16th Aug 2017 08:56:53

Hi

I've come into my posseision some FPW French including cavalry which are either Dragoon or Currassiers. Is there a way to identify which is which as it is hard to tell from the website photos?

Cheers

Kieran

 


PM 6mmwargaming
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6mmwargaming
22nd Aug 2017 08:40:55

Anyone?


 


PM Katana_bob
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Katana_bob
22nd Aug 2017 09:43:19

Hi, if I remember correctly, the saddle cloth was square cut for Kuirassiers, more rounded on the Dragoons.. Hope that helps :-)


PM rsjahn
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rsjahn
22nd Aug 2017 01:11:23

I have just looked at my own - yes, that is the main difference!


PM peter
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peter
22nd Aug 2017 07:46:44

Dragoons have a carbine slung across their back, Curiassiers do not.

As easy as that.


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PM 6mmwargaming
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6mmwargaming
23rd Aug 2017 06:58:52

Wonderful, thank you everyone


Email dourpuritan PM dourpuritan
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dourpuritan
23rd Aug 2017 05:13:23

The French cuirassiers and dragoons both used a plain grey saddle cloth on campaign in 1870. It was the Prussian cuirassiers who sported a square shabraque, whilst the Prussian dragoons sported one with rounded edges, as did the uhlans. The Prussian hussars had a rounded corner at the front and a long pointed corner at the rear.


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