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 Light Horsemen.Light-armed Artillery. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Light Troops,
 
i.e. light cavalry, meaning Lancers and Hussars, who are neither such large men as the “Heavies,” nor yet so tall. (See LIGHT-ARMED ARTILLERY.)   1
 


 Light Horsemen.Light-armed Artillery. 

 
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