Cuirassier

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  • French: cuirasse from the Latin coriaceus - made of leather, from corium a breastplate of leather.

Cuirassiers are mounted soldiers armed with firearms; a transitional form of cavalry between medieval knights and later cavalry. The name comes from cuirass, the breastplate armor they wear - early cuirassiers wore full-body armor and in addition to lances and swords carried pistols.

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