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    Default Re: Napoleonic Trivia # 109

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    A two Republican French regiments (one of hussars and one of infantry) under Jean-Guillaume de Winter and Louis Joseph Lahure captured a Dutch (United Netherlands) fleet at anchor off the island of Texel.

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    Sandor
    This is the correct answer Sandor! Well done!

    On January 23rd, 1795, Commandant Lahure under the command of Brigade General Johan Willem de Winter with a squadron of the French 8th Hussar and some infantrymen of the Belgium 3th and 5th battalions of chasseurs/skirmishers (riding on the back of the hussars) captured 14 Dutch ships stuck in the frozen coastal sea near the island of Texel to prevent them to reach England. They reached the ships by riding their horse on the ice which is a rare feat of arms to have a cavalry detachment capturing ships at sea!
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