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Napoleonic AN XII Dragoon Sword - Munitions Grade - USS102M
Napoleonic AN XII Dragoon Sword - Munitions Grade
 

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Overall Length: 44 1/4'' Blade: 37 3/4''
Retail Price:$303.95
$169.00

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Blade: EN9 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 3 lb 4.4 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 8 1/4''
Thickness: 8 mm - 5.6 mm
Width: 33.1 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/4''
Pommel: Peened
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Napoleon’s Dragoon regiments were in the midst of a tactical ‘’fork-in-the-road’’ - the question to the general of the day was whether to use the dragoons as mounted infantry or medium cavalry. The Dragoons were traditionally cavalrymen who were armed with a ‘’Dragon’’ a short-barrelled wheelock gun which often had a dragon-shaped head at the end of the barrel. From this gun comes the name Dragoon. In their earlier days, Frederick the Great used Dragoons to great effect as rapid-deployment infantrymen who would ride fast to seize high ground or plug gaps in a line - upon arrival they dismounted and fought as ordinary infantry.

Napoleon initially tried to use his Dragoons in such a manner, but became dissatisfied with their performance, for their hybrid role and equipment insured that they were both inferior foot soldiers and lackluster cavalrymen. He would later tactically re-found them as medium cavalrymen, of which they were better suited.

Of the thirty Dragoon regiments in the French Empire, 24 were stationed in Spain after Napoleon’s conquest. Only a handful of regiments accompanied him against Austria and to Russia. After Napoleon’s Russian debacle, he had lost 14 regiments of his elite cuirassier heavy cavalry. Short of hard-hitting cavalry he called forth much of the Spanish Dragoon regiments and had them hastily equipped as stop-gap heavy cavalrymen for his next, fateful move; Leipzig.

The Dragoon sword of Napoleon’s Grande Armée was very similar to the heavy cavalry blade issued to the Cuirassier regiments - Dragoons began to be equipped with it in 1805. A long, straight blade, the swords of this type were typically used in a lance-like fashion during a charge with predictably fatal effects when all the kinetic energy of rider and horse slew the opponent on blade tip. After the charge, the broad blade with its thick-spine and overall heft is documented as being used with terrific chopping force by skilled users.

This AN XII Pattern Dragoon Sword has a blade made from unsharpened, tempered high carbon steel. The hilt is of brass and the grip is leather with inlaid brass wire. The blade bears the reproduced signature of ‘’Klingenthal’’ - the state-run sword manufactory of the French Empire. The base of the blade and hilt are marked with the recreated stampings of the state blade inspectors. It comes with a wood core scabbard covered in black leather and with brass accents and hanging rings.

This ‘’Munitions Grade” sword is not up to our normal high standards. Munitions grade items will typically have various bends or twists in the blades making them poorly suited for sharpening and cutting, but are still a great choice for collecting and re-enacting. Please keep this in mind when ordering.


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