By Philip Haythornthwaite, Bryan Fosten
The fixed troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised essentially the most strong forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). even if, from the outset the cavalry's greater command was once much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been encouraged by means of nepotism and politics, which ended in instructions frequently being given to people who lacked adventure. 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 name examines those strategies 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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