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The Chevau-légers (from French cheval—horse—and léger—light) was a generic French name for several units of light and medium cavalry.

Polish 1st Light Cavalry Regiment of the Imperial Guard charging

Their history began in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, when the heavy gendarmes. These lighter formations eventually gained the name of chevau légers. A similar development also happened in the organization of the Austrian and Spanish cavalry with the growth of caballería ligera formations.

Their original similarities to lancer units meant that in the armies of the Napoleonic Wars the title came to be applied for both sword armed medium cavalry and lancer cavalry units interchangeably, depending on the regional custom. Examples of this include the famous Polish 1st Light Cavalry Regiment of the French Guards and the 2e régiment de chevau-légers lanciers de la Garde Impériale, both subtitled Chevau-légers despite being light lancer cavalry. While the Austrian and many other German states retained Chevau-légers that were actually sword armed medium cavalry.

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