Sabretache used by General Charles Lefebvre-Desnouettes, French Army Staff, 1808
Lefebvre-Desnouettes was captured at Benavente in Spain on 29 December 1808 by members of the 7th (or The Queen's Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons. He was leading a detachment of the Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard when his men were surprised by a large body of British and German dragoons. This sabretache was taken from him as a souvenir by a member of the 7th Dragoons.
The general was paroled at Cheltenham but broke it in 1811 and managed to escape back to France. He later took part in Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812 and fought at Waterloo in 1815.
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