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A mounted infantry soldier, named in 16th-century France after the short musket called the “dragon”. Originally trained to fight on foot, dragoons were organized in infantry companies, not cavalry squadrons, but were progressively trained to cavalry standard. Thus by the early 18th century they were known as medium cavalry in the Prussian army, and light cavalry in the British army.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Military History.


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