Policemen learning cutlass drill

#Picture Number TP230

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of policemen of the Metropolitan Police learning cutlass drill at Wellington Barracks. They have formed two long lines. One line lunges forward in attack, the other line defends; each man has one hand on his hip with his cutlass in his other hand. Five policemen look on. All wear their uniform and helmets; three men wear capes. At this date (1860s) the police were routinely trained in the use of cutlasses, which were issued if a riot or disturbance was anticipated. These weapons were not regularly carried.


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