Summary

Uhlans tracking course of balloon above a city - apparently Metz. Proabably depicts a scene from the Franco-Prussian War (based on information in slides in same group).

Uhlans were Polish light cavalry armed with lances, sabres and pistols. The title was later used by lancer regiments in the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian armies. During and after the Napoleonic Wars cavalry regiments armed with lances were formed in many states throughout Europe. Cavalry carrying this weapon were usually specifically designated as lancers or uhlans.

Description of Content

Coloured drawing of two soldiers on stone balcony overlooking town intersected by river and bridges. Above the town, in the distance, a hot air balloon can be seen. The soldiers wear blue jackets, one with a white belt, and red hats. One appears to hold a telescope to his eye.

Physical Description

Single lantern slide, comprising circular hand-coloured print on glass, with black mask, mounted in rectangular wooden frame.

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