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Fencing Applied to the Military Art

Fencing Applied to the Military Art (1801) describes a basic system of epee and sabre fencing before showing how this system should be applied to training sections, platoons and companies of soldiers of all arms.

Citoyen Bertrand, a fencing master in Paris during the Revolution, dedicated his services to the State following the abolition of the Corporation of the Masters of Arms in 1792. The text holds dual significance for HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) practitioners and fencing history enthusiasts. Firstly, it stands as one of the earliest French texts describing sabre training, dating to the Consulate era between the fall of the Revolutionary Directorate in 1799 and Napoleon's establishment of the Empire in 1804. Secondly, it illustrates how fencing instruction evolved from one-on-one combat to training entire sections, platoons, and companies of soldiers, a unique aspect rarely found in historical fencing texts.

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