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

By Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

The fixed troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised some of the most strong forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). despite the fact that, from the outset the cavalry's better command used to be much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been encouraged via nepotism and politics, which led to instructions frequently being given to people who lacked adventure. The cavalry underwent many re-organisations and expansions throughout the wars that tried to redress those concerns, and to modernise the strength as a complete. This name examines those procedures and records intimately the strategies, uniforms and gear of the Austrian cavalry, overlaying Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chevauxlegers, Hussars, Uhlan (lancer) and auxiliary devices.

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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.

O Subaltern, Jagers zu Pjerd, 1798 The regiment of Mounted Jagers 'Bussy' wore Dragoon uniform in the colouring of the dismounted Jagers: pike grey coat with green facings and pike grey breeches. Their headdress was the 1798 helmet, with a green woollen crest and brass chinstrap bosses but without a plate; horse furniture was as for the Hussars; black leather belts and pouches, Dragoon s"abre, and short carbine. Il'. Their helmet crests were green silk, except for field officers who had the usual gold and black.

Officers wore the shako with gold embroidery or lace around the upper edge (a double row for field officers). According to the 181 I regulations the lace was like that on the infantry shako, but for field ranks a popular style appears to have been a double line of interlocking rings, the upper line sometimes of larger diameter than the lower. Front and dummy rear peaks were edged with gold lace as for the infantry; on the front of the shako was a black Hussar shahraque, 1790. Of the pattern used prior to the 1798 regulations, it has mixed hlack and yellow braid instead of the later lace edging.

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