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  • We perceive vast fluctuations in that fog, a dizzy mirage, paraphernalia of war almost unknown today, pendant colbacks, floating sabre-taches, cross-belts, cartridge-boxes for grenades, hussar dolmans, red boots with

    Les Miserables

  • A chain of men could pass colbacks filled with river water up from the bank, through the arch and up the ladder to the first floor, but as soon as the first men reached the bank and leaned down to scoop up water, a rifle fired, and then another, and there were two dead hussars, and a third man was wounded.

    Sharpe's Skirmish

  • But what two thousand men could not do, one hundred might, and Herault's old elite company of hussars, the men with the black fur colbacks, were mounted on the best horses Herault had been able to find.

    Sharpe's Skirmish

  • They were splendidly turned out in their blue jackets, fur-trimmed pelisses and, on their heads, brown fur colbacks.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • "Some men go bald and have wigmakers attach false cadenettes to their shakoes or colbacks.

    Sharpe's Havoc


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