Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1) : Infantry by Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

By Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten

The main implacable of Napoleon's continental enemies, on the outbreak of battle Austria maintained an enormous military, yet one rooted firmly within the 18th century. Hampered by means of the inherent conservatism of the hierarchy, the Austrians needed to struggle the main smooth military in Europe. regardless of this the regulars, who have been drawn from many territories lower than Austrian sway, played with nice self-discipline, solution and stoicism. This name examines intimately the service provider, uniforms, deployment and improvement of the Austrian infantry throughout the Napoleonic Wars, masking Line infantry, mild infantry, Grenz-Infanterie, Landwehr defense force, and Frei-Corps devices.

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Plate H3. (Ottenfeld) 39 LandstalU/iscltes Frei-Corps, left, and Vienna Volunteers, right; 1797. Unifonns are, respectively, light grey faced with red, blue-grey breeches (infantry), light grey overalls striped red (cavalry), red plwne with white centre (infantry), green plwne (cavalry), white (infantry) and hlack (cavalry) equipJDent; and for the Vienna Volunteers, green faced with black, grey breeches, black hat laced white with black-over-yellow pluJDe, black and yellow cockade. were purchased as an alternative facing colour.

1813 This figure wears the brown-grey greatcoat; another variety had a collar fastened by two bu ttons and piped in the facing colour. The grenade on the collar was worn only by grenadiers; fusiliers are usually depicted with a button on the facingcoloured collar patch. The waterproof cover worn over the cap in bad weather is shown by some sources bearing a painted device on the front, 'F' and 'I' at either side of a flaming grenade, in yellow with red flames. 1798 hehnet with fabric crest relDoved to show construction.

Jager hornist, showing rear of equipment and design of'wings'; the horn was brass, with cords of mixed black and yellow. (Ottenfeld) of a brown 'spencer'-style jacket with red facings and braid, a round hat with black and yellow pompon, Hungarian breeches, high boots and black equipment. The Prague Student Corps wore similar dress plus a bicorn with a red-tipped white feather. The Prague city Landwehr had long, singlebreasted brown coats with green collar, cuffs and 46 H3: Private, Hungarian Insurrectio The old feudal levy or Insurrectio still existed in Hungary, though its effectiveness was always doubtful; in 1800 it refused to muster, and in 1805 it assembled only reluctantly, its second-in-command asserting that as Hungary was neutral in the war, it would not fight!

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