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Korvessa15 Sep 2021 6:14 p.m. PST

So I was watching the Alamo last night (2004 version), which I liked well enough incidentally, and saw that Santa Ana had a unit of cuirassiers.

Did they see much action in other places?

How did they perform?

Were they still around for War with Mexico?

Mike Broadbent15 Sep 2021 6:25 p.m. PST

Hi Korvessa

The Tulancingo Cuirassiers were at Angostura/Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Churubusco and Valle de Mexico during the American war with Mexico. Not sure of their involvement at the Alamo.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2021 6:39 p.m. PST

They didn't exist at the time. Depending on your source,they were formed in 1841 or 1842, with 1842 being the most stated year.

Mike Broadbent16 Sep 2021 12:08 a.m. PST

According to Brassey, The Tulancingo Cuirassiers were formed as an Imperial Escort of four companies in 1823. They were formed into a regiment in 1842.

I have spoken with a friend, who is an authority on the Alamo and he is of the opinion that they were in the area of the Alamo, but did not take part in the siege. They were stationed in the town. The only cavalry that was present at the siege were lancers.


advocate16 Sep 2021 12:36 p.m. PST

Don't let reality get in the way of a dramatic picture. A basic principle of Hollywood, and at least a consideration when I set up a game (yes, I would play an Operation Sealion game).

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2021 5:56 p.m. PST

Adams doesn't mention an Imperial Guard and states a regiment of cuirassiers was raised in 1842.

Hefter doesn't mention an Imperial Guard, either, and states the regiment was raised in 1841.

Osprey states that the Imperial Guard was incorporated into the 2nd Permanent Cavalry Regiment in 1825. It also states that the Tulancingo Active Militia Squadron was raised in 1840, and transformed into a cuirassier regiment in 1842.

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