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Napoleonic Gendarmes d' Elite Briquet Saber - USS156C

Napoleonic Gendarmes d

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Overall Length: 31'' Blade: 24 5/8''
Retail Price:$227.95
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Blade: 1055 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 9.2 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 4''
Thickness: 7 mm - 3.6 mm
Width: 32.6 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/4''
Pommel: Peened

This Elite Gendarmes of the Imperial Guard Saber Briquet has a blade forged of high carbon steel and etched on both sides with a mortar shell and fuse. The hilt is cast from brass and the wooden grip is overlaid in black leather and inlaid with twisted brass wire. Replica inspection and armory markings are stamped onto the guard. The scabbard is crafted from leather and finished with a brass chape and locket.

The Napoleonic Gendarmes d'élite de la Garde impériale (Elite Gendarmes of the Imperial Guard) were essentially an elite military police who were tasked with protecting official residences, offices and escorting important political figures in peacetime. In war they provided the guard for the Imperial headquarters, escorted prisoners, and sometimes dealt the heavy hand in quelling disorder in conquered cities.

This military police force was known colloquially as ‘’The Immortals’’ due to their relatively low casualty rates because they were not a front-line military unit. However, on more than a few occasions they were called into action and fought with distinction in many of the iconic battles of the Napoleonic era. They fought at Borodino and notably, at Berezina, the Gendarmes d’ Elite covered the French retreat.

A colorful engagement in the Russian campaign saw the Gendarmes d’ Elite fight off a force of ambushing Cossacks whilst escorting a dishonored French general to prison.

Like many other elite infantry forces of the French Empire, they were equipped with short Briquet sabers. Like most of these sword types of the time, they were more of a status symbol for the bearer as most greatly preferred the long reach of the bayonet in lieu of short sword when in action.

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