Broadsword Drill; Germany, 1905

Saxon infantry fencing with anything on hand

Saxon infantry fencing with anything on hand

Royal Saxon infantrists during their morning exercise…

The soldiers in this 1905 hand-tinted postcard are identified as members of the Königlich-Sächsische  Infanterie, Train-Battaillon No. 12, (stationed at Dresden), and currently engaged in the military cut fencing drill.

The pair in the center is taking the proper Mensur (here: distance) with lightly curved Fechtsäbel (fencing sabers). The pair in the background is practicing with straight-bladed cavalry broadswords.

The fencers in the front row are using bell-guard Schlägers.

The fact that three different kind of cut weapons are used indicates either an amazingly well-rounded curriculum. Or a deplorable lack of funds.

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