French Napoleonic Armor Cuirass. Napoleonic armor of the famous French cuirassiers (heavy cavalry). Cavalry breastplate from Napoleonic Wars.
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The Napoleonic Armor Cuirass is a French Breastplate and backplate design that Includes the shoulder straps.
Worn by French Napoleonic cuirassiers (heavy cavalry).
The heavily armoured Cuirassiers of the French army were the ultimate shock weapon. They were usually concentrated in reserve until probing attacks discovered the enemy's weak point. They would then be flung en masse at this point to break the enemy's line. The mere sight of such a deadly mass of armoured horsemen was often sufficient to break all but the steadiest infantry - a credit to the British squares at Waterloo. Imitation is the best form of flattery - to this day, the British household cavalry retains the cuirass as part of its full-dress uniform.