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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:38:57 PM

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Hakkapeliitta (Finnish pl. hakkapeliitat) is a historiographical term used for a Finnish light cavalryman in the service of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years' War (1618 to 1648). Hakkapeliitta is a 19th century Finnish modification of a contemporary name given by foreigners in the Holy Roman Empire and variously spelled as Hackapelit, Hackapelite, Hackapell, Haccapelit, or Haccapelite. These terms were based on a Finnish war cry hakkaa päälle (English: hack on; Swedish: hacka på), commonly translated as "Cut them down!"

The Hakkapeliitta were well-trained Finnish light cavalrymen who excelled in sudden and savage attacks, raiding and reconnaissance. The greatest advantage of the fast and lightly-armored Hakkapeliitta cavalry was its charge. They typically had a sword, a helmet, and leather armor or a breastplate of steel. They would attack at a full gallop, fire the first pistol at twenty paces and the second at five paces, and then draw the sword. The horse itself was used like another weapon, as it was used to trample enemy infantry.

The horses used by the Hakkapeliitta were the ancestors of the modern Finnhorse; despite their small size they were strong and durable.



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Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:32:32 AM
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Lovely post JJ, what a proud history our horses have.

What are these horses/this breed used for today?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:01:59 AM

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Thanks, Tov.
We've gone a bit off-topic, but...
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Finnhorse
Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:26:59 AM
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Sorry, I do meander.
ithink140
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:42:18 AM
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There is no need to apologise Tov... one thing leads to another and our interest is captured.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:35:32 PM

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Romany wrote:
Tov, - there used to be a brewery in Oz, with Clydesdales they used as part of their ad. campaigns. They used to ride into town pulling the old beer barrel carts. (with the obligatory buxom lasses in German costumes) Did you ever see them? Magnificent.(The horses: not the buxom lasses)


Koff horses ;-)


Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:12:21 PM
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What stout little horses, so beautiful.


The Carlton Clydesdale's were a symbol of the Carlton Brewery, such a shame they are only in ceremonial works now.
TYSON
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:41:24 AM
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Tovarish wrote:
What stout little horses, so beautiful.


The Carlton Clydesdale's were a symbol of the Carlton Brewery, such a shame they are only in ceremonial works now.


If only Carlton Draught would go the same way as the horses (Not much of a fan of beer).
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:02:00 AM
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More men drink Carlton Draft in my area than Fosters, I dont drink beer so wont comment on the taste, its all awful.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:55:27 AM
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Ah! That was it: Carlton Breweries. Thanks, Tov.

JJ - I just love the way their fringes are draped right down across their faces: like some peek-a-boo hairstyle a femme fatale of earlier days used to wear.Gorgeous creatures.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:59:07 AM

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More Koff horses, still no buxom lasses ;-)



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Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:07:17 AM
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Ohhhh, and dapples too, my heart is all a flutter, thank you JJ.
Prim*
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:35:45 AM
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Ray41 wrote:
[...]

The pace of life was slow and easy. I miss those ways those halcyon days

Now I am old and shadows walk with me of past pursuits and ways of life
[...]




I like the "shadows walk with me" bit.
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