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The 1908 Pattern Cavalry Trooper's Sword (and the 1912 Pattern, the equivalent for officers) was the last service sword issued to the cavalry of the British Army. It has been called the most effective cavalry sword ever designed, although ironically its introduction occurred as swords finally became obsolete as military weapons. In use, it, like other thrust-based cavalry swords, is best described as a one-handed lance, due to its complete lack of utility for anything but the charge. In fact, the closely related US Model 1913 Cavalry Saber was issued with only a saddle scabbard, as it was not considered to be of much use to a dismounted cavalryman.

British Cavalry Trooper's Sword 1908 pattern in Southern VictoryEdit

Corporal Stephen Ramsay, along with the other troops in his Confederate cavalry company, were issued a saddle mounted copy of the British pattern of 1908 saber. However, he depended more on his Tredegar Carbine than the sword especially against machine guns.[1]


  1. American Front, pg. 51, HC.

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