Austrian Cavalry of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815

Enrico Acerbi, András K. Molnár

The Austrian cavalry that fought against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, from original sources, including unpublished iconography and detailed illustrations depicting uniforms and equipment.
Date Published :
February 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Contributor(s) :
Bruno Mugnai
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
16 color plates, 144 b/w illustrations, 2 b/w maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336561
Pages : 330
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


Austria was one of the five major players of the Napoleonic Wars. In early 19th century, the Austrian army (Kaiserliche-KöniglicheHeer) was the third largest and one of the best-trained armies in the world. The individual regiments performed well and were considered solid. However, hampered by the inherent conservatism of the hierarchy, the Austrians had to face the most modern army in Europe. Despite the many defeats suffered, the Austrian soldiers performed with discipline and played a central role in the coalitions against France, from the campaigns in 1790s, to the Austerlitz campaign of 1805, the closely balanced battles of 1809, and the final victorious campaigns of 1813-1814. Austrian cavalry, in particular, was considered one of the best in Europe by allies as well as enemies. For the first time, this topic is introduced starting from the first campaign against France. The book includes the regimental histories of each unit after the original sources, unpublished iconography, and is completed by detailed illustrations depicting uniforms and equipment of the mounted ‘kaiserlich’ white coats.

About The Author

Born in Valdagno (Vicenza - Italy) in 1952; Enrico Acerbi graduated in medicine as an expert in toxicology, and worked as medic in the local hospital. Now retired, he lives in Valdagno (Vicenza). Enrico is a partner of the War Museum of Rovereto, member of the Napoleonic Association of Italy and historiographer of the Great War.For five years, he collaborated with the Centre for Great War Studies at Asiago. He also collaborated with the ‘Montane Community’ of Arsiero as teacher at the Popular University (for historical training courses on the First World War) and with the Montane Community of Agno-Chiampo (reconstruction of the fortifications made in the Great War). He is currently working on Napoleonic history in Veneto and Italy. Enrico is also graphic illustrator of several articles on Napoleonic history published in Italy.

Hungarian born, András K. Molnár lives and has his business in Italy, Germany, and Austria.Enthusiastof Militaria, especially of Hungarian, German and Austrian provenance from the 18th century to the First World War, he has published articles in specialized magazines in Italy and abroad. Alongside with the interest on his Austrian army of the Napoleonic Wars, András is carrying out research on the army of the Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919-1920) and the Ukrainian Makhnovtchinaof 1918-1921.

Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia, Chiara and Eugenio. Active for years as a divulger of history and illustrator, he has published several titles for publishers such as the Historical Office of the Italian Army and Helion & Company in the UK, concerning to the periods and geographical areas of his interest, as the Ancient Italian States, central and eastern Europe in 16th, 17th and 18th century and South America after the conquest. As an illustrator he is collaborating with important Italian and foreign specialists and with the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Football Union enthusiast, who is still trusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six Nations Tournament.

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