A cannonball beats body armor every time.
The wearer of this French cuirass breastplate took a direct hit from a cannonball.
The story of this hit, which certainly killed the wearer instantly, is interesting. The armor was that of a Napolean’s armored cavalry soldier François-Antoine Fauveau. While riding against the British on June 18 1815 this 23-year-old soldier caught a cannonball to the chest.
Interestingly enough, family legend says it was not François-Antoine Fauveau who died that day in battle. He is said to have been replaced by his brother as he was about to get married.
The grim battle-damaged cuirass survived to modern day to show us just how brutal combat was back then, as it also is today.