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"much less from sword wounds"

Postby jf42 » April 10th, 2017, 12:05 am

WO7/56, 95 Board of officers recommendations for changes , 29 June 1811

"... the cap at present worn by the infantry is objectionable as to its form, which renders it unsteady on the head, and of little use in defending the head from the weather _ much less from sword wounds; and the board, conceiving that, without making any material alteration as to the quality, or any difference whatever in the expense, a cap may be constructed, which would not be liable to the above objections, but might combine the advantages of comfort, durability and utility in point of defence."

While the potential for sword wounds was clear when fighting an enemy strong in cavalry, and which was assigned a key offensive role in battle, I wonder what the actual frequency of receiving a sword wound to the head might have been for an infantry soldier between 1800 and 1815.

Was the reference to sword wounds in the above note based on concern arising from the number of men injured in this way?
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