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A History of War and Weapons, 1660 to 1918 by G. A Shepperd

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By G. A Shepperd

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A man of extraordinary energy who in hand-to-hand combat, he trained his cavalry to manoeuvre at speed and charge with the sword alone. To achieve maximum speed and endurance his cavalry wore no armour and were forbidden to use any kind of firearm. The sword was long and straight, and used principally for thrusting. Similarly, the Swedish infantry were practised in bayonet charges and rarely executed the slow, methodical movements employed in other European armies. Charles XH delighted 54 Great Captains on his cavalry to follow him over the most country and charge any kind of opposition, even entrenched positions.

After the pike was abolished this type of armour was still worn by the heavy cavalry, or cuirassiers, but was given up by the remainder of the cavalry. Although the wearing of elaborate personal armour was completely out of fashion. General Oflficers, for some time, continued to dress up in it before a battle presumably as a symbol of high command. One piece of armour that survived right up to the nineteenth century was the gorget from the French gorge, meaning throat. Origin- — — designed to protect the neck-bone and collar-bone, the gorget continued to be worn as a badge of rank by ally officers when on gorget of 28 gilt, duty.

If the bullet also fits sufficiently tightly to charge is fired increased and so prevent gases escaping when the the muzzle velocity of the bullet is is the range. Many parts of Europe used to be densely wooded, and abounded with wild boar and deer and other game that were hunted for food and sport. Sporting guns in Germany and Switzerland had been manufactured with rifling since the beginning of the fifteenth century, and contemporary woodcuts show huntsmen and members of 'sharpshooters' guilds taking part in shooting matches and firing at targets set at 200 yards' distance or more.

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