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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2022 9:28 p.m. PST

"Le 6 août 1870, lors de la bataille de Reichshoffen* (ou Froeschwiller-Woerth) a lieu un événement qui va rentrer dans les annales héroïques de l'Armée française. Les cuirassiers français chargent pour l'honneur les troupes prussiennes, quasiment quatre fois supérieures en nombre.

Lors de cette dernière charge perdue d'avance mais menée avec panache, c'est toute la cavalerie lourde française qui meurt – et sa doctrine d'emploi…."

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NapStein05 May 2022 6:07 a.m. PST

Thank you Armand … there's another version of Detaille's painting showing the barricades only at the sides of the streets, not on the main road.

I started researching the tragic fate of the brave French cuirassiers who rode through Reichshoffen and lost many men. It seems, that there hadn't been a barricade in the main street, like shown in the Detaille painting of the article.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

Perris070705 May 2022 10:40 a.m. PST

One of my all-time favorite battles to re-fight on the tabletop. Outnumbered French forces with superior rifles defending a magnificent defensive position against superior German forces armed with much better artillery. It plays out differently almost every time I game it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2022 3:14 p.m. PST

No mention my friend…


Mollinary05 May 2022 11:39 p.m. PST

What about the charge of the Guard Cuirassiers at Vionville-Mars-le-Tour?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2022 3:16 p.m. PST

Good choise!…


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