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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
horsemen in a type of light cavalry established in France in 1498. Similar units were also used in Austria and Bavaria from the 17th to the 19th century. The chevau-légers were armed with sabers, pistols, and carbines.
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