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Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2) : Cavalry by Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

By Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

The fastened troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised the most strong forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). even if, from the outset the cavalry's better command was once much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been prompted through nepotism and politics, which led to instructions usually being given to those that lacked adventure. The cavalry underwent many re-organisations and expansions during the wars that tried to redress those issues, and to modernise the strength as an entire. This identify examines those tactics and files intimately the strategies, uniforms and kit of the Austrian cavalry, masking Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chevauxlegers, Hussars, Uhlan (lancer) and auxiliary devices.

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The leading study on uniforms remains Die Oesteneichische Armee (R. von Ottenfeld & O. Teuber, Vienna l89S), while such other works as Das Oesterreichische Heer von Ferdinand II Rijmisch Deutschen Kaiser his Franz Josef I Kaiser von Oesterreich (F. Gera ch, Vienna) are useful. Leading Notes sur les planches en couleur AI niforrncdc cuirassicrd'avant 1978; la veste portee par-dessus plutot que pardessous la cuirasse ctait caraclcrisliquc cis officiers. L'insigne en cuivrejaune en forme de poinle de flcehe qui descend jusqu'au bas de la euirasse est caracH~risliquc des omciers du rang de commandant Oll au-dessus.

Print after R. von Ottenfeld) 39 and a division of Hussars. Disbanded 1798, the Hussars transferred to the Mounted lagers. Hussar uniform: shako with brass rosette, black and yellow feather, yellow cord; green dolman with red collar, black cuffs, black and yellow braid, including ten loop on breast; black and yellow sash; black pelisse fur; light blue breeches; red sabretache. Steyer- Wurmser) ches Frei-Corps Slavonic corps raised 1793; two infantry battalions, four hussar squadrons. Hussars' uniform: black shako with brass badge, rosette, black and yellow cords; light blue dolman, green trim, red lace, white buttons; waistcoat and breeches white with red-braided earns; red abretache.

Horse furniture was like that of the 'German' heavy cavalry with a square-ended shabraque and cloth holster caps. o Trooper, 1St Light Dragoons, 1798 This uniform depicts the brief union of the Dragoons and Chevauxlegers into a single list of Light Dragoons. The dark green jacket is reminiscent of the old senior Chevauxleger regiments, but is in the 1798 style, now with a standing collar. The leather helmet is similar to that worn by the infantry, and the horse furniture is of the type common to all 'German' cavalry.

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