1796 Light Cavalry Sabre Drill

1796 Light Cavalry Sabre Drill And The 15th Hussars

The Cavalry Sabre Drill Manual We Use

As a group our love of the history and historical accuracy drove us to ensure that we are historically accutrate as possible. For this reason we train our skill at arms as prescribed in Le Marchants "Manual For The Skill and Exercise Of The Light Cavalry". Dragoons often find this particularly interesting as it encourages a closeness to the history of the period. It is one thing to read about 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre Drill in books, it altogether entirely different thing to experience it first hand...

The Sword Drill

All cuts below are to be executed from the guard position with a STRAIGHT ARM, the movement coming from the wrist or the shoulder. This avoids exposing the fore arm and elbow to your opponent.

Remember it is very important all movements are conducted with a sharpe "snappy" motion.

Drawing Your Sword

Right marker will advance… Three paces forward… MARCH...

The right marker of the party advances three paces so that the whole group can keep time.

Prepare To Draw Swords...

On the prepare command the ONLY thing you need to do is make sure your sword is ready in a suitable position for you to remove it from your scabbard. Do this by glancing at your sword with your eyes only.

Eyes Right...

Eyes right to observe timing.

Draw...

On the draw command reach over your bridle arm and grasp your sword, turn the hand guard to point to your rear and pull the sword out to reveal 6 inches of the blade.

...Swords

On the command pull your sabre all the way from your scabbard. Stay in this position with your sword above the scabbard and await the next movement (timing taken from the front, or from a flugelman on the right flank).

While your sword is over your left knee move the blade up turning the tip up as you move. Keep the blade as close to you as possible being careful not to strike the rider in the next file. Then move straight into the 'prepare to guard' by holding the 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre in front of your face, tip pointing upwards and your elbow pointing out to the right level with your shoulder.

Carry Swords...

Hold the Sabre above your right knee (not resting on it!) with the tip pointing upwards.

Slope Swords...

Hold the Sabre above your right knee and rest the back of the blade on your shoulder with the tip pointing upwards over your shoulder. Tip: To stop the blade bouncing and bruising your shoulder place your little finger over the back of the handle.

The Guard...

Hold the 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre at shoulder height to your front so that the blade is diagonally across your body with the tip slightly raised. This will protect you and your horse's head from blows delivered from above and to the side.

The Six Cuts

Cut One...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 2 o'clock and strike down to 7 o'clock.

Cut Two...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 11 o'clock and strike down to 4 o'clock.

Cut Three...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 5 o'clock and strike up to 11 o'clock.

Cut Four...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 7 o'clock and strike up to 2 o'clock.

Cut Five...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 3 o'clock and strike across to 9 o'clock.

Cut Six...

   

From the guard position move the tip of the blade to 9 o'clock and strike across to 3 o'clock

The Defences

The defences are an equally important part of the 1796 Light Sabre sword drill. Remember a Frenchman has no honour, so may attack you or your troop horse.

Defense One...

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Nearside bridle protect.

Defense Two...

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Offside bridle protect.

Defense Three...

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Defense Four...

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Defense Five...

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Defense Six...

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Defense Seven...

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St George...

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Putting Swords Away

Prepare To Put Up Swords...

On the prepare command the ONLY thing you need to do is make sure your scabbard is ready and in a suitable position to recieve the sabre. Do this by glancing at your sword with your eyes ONLY.

Put Up...

On the command reach over your bridle arm and aim the blade down the the scabbard. Wrest the blade on your bridle arm to help steady your aim.

Slide the blade down into the scabbard and stop when your right arm is just above your bridle arm. During this last part you should hold your hand flat and level with your thumb ONLY hooked under the sabre guard...

...Swords

On the command thrust the sword into your scabbard... letting it slide the remaining 6 inches into the scabbard.

Taking your timing from the flugelman go to the attention position.

Carry Swords...

Hold the Sabre above your right knee (not resting on it!) with the tip pointing upwards.

Where ever possible during melee try to manouver your horse to the right side of your aggresor to ensure your sword arm is nearest. Remember however the superior horseman will always out live the superior swordsman!

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