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Cannonball Always Beats Armor, as Napoleon’s Soldier Found Out

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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. 

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The armored breastplate he wore called a cuirass would turn back a sword, knife, and even a pistol bullet. A cannonball is a force unlike any of those.

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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 He is said to have been replaced by his brother as he was about to get married.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.

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Cannonball Always Beats Armor, as Napoleon’s Soldier Found Out