By Philip J. Haythornthwaite
The fixed 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 larger command was once much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been motivated via nepotism and politics, which ended in instructions usually being given to people who lacked event. The cavalry underwent many re-organisations and expansions during the wars that tried to redress those concerns, and to modernise the strength as a complete. This identify examines those methods and records intimately the strategies, uniforms and gear of the Austrian cavalry, protecting Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chevauxlegers, Hussars, Uhlan (lancer) and auxiliary units.
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