Swedish cavalry help?

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Re: Swedish cavalry help?

Post by Amra » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:48 am

Hey Shadow Dragon are you still around ?
i need to prove the Life Guard are lights....

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Re: Swedish cavalry help?

Post by shadowdragon » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:00 pm

Yup. Still around.

Well there’s what I wrote above...Lifgardet til hast (Royal Horse Guards. They shouldn't have a cuirass. They are in the lists as guard heavy cavalry but should be guard light cavalry. Prior to 1805 they were the light Life Dragoons - Latta lifdragonregementet - and in 1814 they wore a Russian style hussar uniform. The white uniform was their parade dress uniform but their campaign uniform, except for officers, was light blue.

Hard to prove a dragoon in many cases that a dragoon is heavy or light but the fact that their name was literally “light life dragoon” before becoming Life Horse Guards and that in the 1813-14 campaign they adopted Russian style hussar uniforms is persuasive for me. Perhaps those who think their heavies should say why - other than an unreferenced FoG list.

Also their sword was a light cavalry type.

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Re: Swedish cavalry help?

Post by shadowdragon » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:34 pm

Amra wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:48 am
Hey Shadow Dragon are you still around ?
i need to prove the Life Guard are lights....
There are also historical paintings here:

https://www.napoleon-series.org/militar ... forms.html

The image that says "Light Cavalry" has a Royal Horse Guard trooper and the original painting is entitled "Royal Swedish Light Cavalry". There is a counterpart for the heavies.

Mike Horah did the original FoG lists and used Nafziger's orders of battle. I have all of the Nafziger Swedish lists for 1813-14 and there's some confusion; in most of the lists there's a "Lifgardet till häst" (i.e., Life Guard Horse) regiment but in the Battle of Leipzig list the Lifgardet till häst disappear and instead there's the a "Guard Dragoon" regiment. I believe that the "Guard Dragoon" regiment is the "Lifgardet till häst" regiment and the difference may be due to the source used by Nafziger and the translation, but who knows.

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