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October 5 2004 at 8:25 AM
Henri Despot  (no login)
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Response to French Dragoons question

Cuirassiers could have been seen operating a machine gun during the war. The French realized, even before the war, that the day of the cavalry was coming to an end and trained all of their cavalry units in the skills of fighting dismounted, which included the use of heavy machine guns.

I have seen a pre-war photo of Cuirassiers operating such a machine gun and still wearing their full armour. I will try to find this picture in my library and post.

It would seem to me quite possible (although undocumented so far as I know) that in the chaos and panic in the early part of WWI that the Cuirassiers could have fought dismounted and as such manned machine gun positions.

As I said there is no documentation I know of to support this opinion but since they were trained for it and since in war anything is possible I would say it is not unreasonable that it could have happened.

I hope this helps.

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