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 struggle Austria maintained an enormous military, yet one rooted firmly within the 18th century. Hampered by way of the inherent conservatism of the hierarchy, the Austrians needed to struggle the main sleek military in Europe. regardless of this the regulars, who have been drawn from many territories below Austrian sway, played with nice self-discipline, answer and stoicism. This identify examines intimately the business enterprise, uniforms, deployment and improvement of the Austrian infantry in the course of the Napoleonic Wars, masking Line infantry, mild infantry, Grenz-Infanterie, Landwehr military, and Frei-Corps devices.

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While the men now had coatees with squared, closed lapels at the waist, officers had long-tailed coats with scarlet turnbacks. In theory, their lapels were to be as the men's, but some obviously preferred the cut-away style as shown on this figure, which is based on a portrait of a young officer by Jose Campeche in the Museo Historico Municipal, Cadiz. E2: Private, Light Infantry Light infantry units which had hitherto worn a variety of uniforms often based on Spanish regional costumes were now ordered into a Hungarian hussar-style green uniform with scarlet facings and yellow cords, the headgear vaguely resembling the British Tarleton helmet.

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In this case, the gold lace also edges the bottom of the coat. The three gold laces with a silver twisted lace indicate the brigadier's rank. (Museo Naval, Madrid) 44 Archives; Archivo General de Simancas, Guerra Moderna; Museo Naval (Madriet), manuscript collections. Jalicria EJpmiola, Madrid, 1992. Bueno,Jose Maria, ElEjercilo)' la, Armada en 1808, Malaga, ]982. a, Malaga, 1978. Chastelet, JacCJues, La vie quotidienne en Espagne au lelllp~' de Go)'a, Paris, 1966. , Mad,-jd, 1847-1856, Vols. 5 and 6.

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