By Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

The fastened troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised probably the most strong forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). besides the fact that, from the outset the cavalry's greater command was once much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been inspired by means of nepotism and politics, which ended in instructions usually being given to those that lacked event. The cavalry underwent many re-organisations and expansions through the wars that tried to redress those issues, and to modernise the strength as a complete. This identify examines those tactics and records intimately the strategies, uniforms and kit of the Austrian cavalry, protecting Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chevauxlegers, Hussars, Uhlan (lancer) and auxiliary devices.

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La broderie qui orne Ie col de I'officier superieur est inofficielle; Ics officiers de haut rang ponaielll generalemellt I"ordre militairc de Marie-Theresc. Rt D'apres line gravure de I'epoquc; Ics couleurs indiquent qu'il s'agit du Icr rcgimelll Kaiser Franz, du gc regiment d'Esle ou du 1 Ie rcgimelll Szcklcr. campaign studies such as the Kriegsarchiv's Krieg 1809 (Vienna, 1907-lO) and Befreiungskrieg 1813 und 1814 (Vienna 19l3) remain of interest; Rothenberg contains a bibliogra·phy. k. -Ung.

1814. Note the reUloval of the plUIne for active service, and the sabre suspended froUl the wrist by the sword knot. (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.

They also were white RoqueLor like the 'German' cavalry, and instead of the Oberrock or Spencer, UhLan officers had a dark green, long kurtka 38 with red facing in the form of the ordinary uniform. Horse furniture the same as Hussar officers-the shabraque with rounded rear corners. * * * Auxiliary Cavalry There existed no mounted version of the Landwehr (militia), but from the 'Hungarian' areas of the empire there were hussar units of the Insurrectio (the semi-feudal levy authorised by the Hungarian Diet-parliament-in place of the Landwehr).

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