A Prussian Sabre


It is a fact that Prussian troops were active in this area. At least one of them lost his saber. We know this because just such a saber was found in the fields nearby, forgotten, rusty, but still sharp. The saber was found half-buried in the field. No doubt it originally belonged to a Prussian, but how could he lose it? This is easy to understand when you understand how a saber was used. A cavalryman could either slash with it as he charged past his enemy, or he could stab with it. When used as a thrusting weapon, there was a danger of losing one's grip on the handle when the blade was stuck in the enemy. Quite possibly this is what happened, and so our saber was lost by the Prussian, for us to find in a field in Merlau.