Austrian Frontier Troops 1740–98

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Austrian Frontier Troops 1740–98

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Austria's Balkan frontier – the disputed borderland between Europe and the Ottoman Turks – was defended in the 18th century by a unique organization of hardy communities who were granted farmland in return for armed service. These Grenzers, masters of guerrilla warfare, were later incorporated into Austria's regular forces, and earned a wider reputation fighting against the army of Frederik the Great's Prussia. By the start of the wars against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France they provided a significant part of the Austrian Line. This book unravels their complex history, and illustrates the development of their colourful folk costumes into striking uniforms.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The First Irregulars – Trenk's Freikorps – native costumes · The first regulars – evolution of uniforms · The 1769 reforms – Grenz units in the Imperial Line – artillery and sharpshooter units · Grenzer cavalry · Auxiliary formations · Grenzers at the start of the Napoleonic period

Product details

Published Sep 10 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841767017
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 41 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 413
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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