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|Thanks for that informative response, Ole. I really had no clue about how sabers were used, what the best targets were, whether they jabbed, pierced, slashed, cut or what they did. It is hard enough for me to imagine how cavalry men managed to stay mounted on a racing or rearing horse while one hand is occupied doing something threatening with an unwieldy and heavy saber and all the while trying to stay on the horse, manage the horse and keep from getting cut up or shot...all offensive and defensive actions at once.
My hat is off to those who were able to do that and survive.