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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

"What a momentous time the beginning of the 19th century was. A minor noble from Corsica became the heart of wars that would leave three million corpses in their wake. The Louisiana Purchase infected the United States of America with the frontier spirit that would eventually make it one of the largest and most powerful nations in the world. The Rosetta Stone would unlock the ancient history of Egypt. Abolitionist movements emerged as a force to be reckoned with around the world.

But you didn't load this page for a highlight reel of this era. We're here to clear up some misconceptions that a cursory education about the period may have produced. In the process, we may bring Napoleon Bonaparte down a peg in several ways. It's an effort which is long overdue…"
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Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 2:37 p.m. PST

All very argueable!!

nsolomon9923 Oct 2019 2:40 p.m. PST

Hmmm …. fair bit of complete and utter nonsense in that article. More sensationalism from a website to attract clicks. We might need to be a bit more discerning Tango ! :)

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 3:20 p.m. PST

I think if the material that Armand posts stimulates discussion, then it is a good thing,

La Belle Ruffian23 Oct 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

Really, Tango?

'All very argueable'. Quite

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 6:05 p.m. PST

Very true Brechtel198!

von Winterfeldt23 Oct 2019 9:42 p.m. PST

yes sensationalism is the right word for the website.

42flanker24 Oct 2019 2:55 a.m. PST

"A minor noble from Corsica.." "the Louisiana Purchae infected the United States of America with the frontier spirit "

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2019 6:16 a.m. PST

Rather strange mix of some truths and random wrong stuff.
Purple poles?
French dragoons acting as 17th century mounted infantry?

MiniPigs27 Oct 2019 6:54 a.m. PST

Everyone knows the Poles wore purple. That's why they were called the Purple People Eaters.

I think French dragoons did dismount a lot to fight for actions that werent the set piece battles.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2019 8:46 a.m. PST

I think French dragoons did dismount a lot to fight for actions that werent the set piece battles.

So did hussars, chassuers and light dragoons.
That doesn't make them mounted infantry.
In fact the French dragoons were at times used as heavy cavalry. Used as a cavalry reserve much like cuirassiers.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

The French dragoon arm was either listed or considered as light cavalry by the French.

But they were employed as heavy cavalry, as at Eylau and in Spain.

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