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Cuirassiers were mounted troops armed with both firearms and swords. They succeeded over the medieval-aged Knight and wear the specialized armor, the cuirass. Their lightweight armor allowed fast riding and quick-paced raids. Cuirassiers tend to be nobles or members of royalty. The armor is expensive to produce and was cumbersome, despite being a very defensive piece of armor. Nations have adopted regiments of cuirassiers and used them in many late-Renaissance and 19th century conflicts, including the Battle of Borodin and the Franco-Prussian War.

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