Wednesday 21 August 2013

7th Magdeburg Cuirassiers - 1870

The 7th Magdeburg Cuirassiers formed the core punch in the cavalry brigade participating in what would later be known as "von Bredows Death Ride", as they desperately tried to cover the Prussian left flank by attacking French artillery and infantry head on at the battle of Mars-la-Tour on August 16th 1870.

This probably being one of the last times in recorded history when heavy cavalry played a significant and splendorous role on a battlefield, as well as one of the only battles to my knowledge in the campaigns of August 1870, when the French actually outnumbered the Prussian - but still lost the day...

Figures are from the Foundry Franco-Prussian range.

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