By Philip J. Haythornthwaite

The fixed troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised the most robust forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). even if, from the outset the cavalry's larger command was once much less able than its infantry counterpart: appointments have been prompted through nepotism and politics, which led to instructions frequently being given to those that lacked adventure. The cavalry underwent many re-organisations and expansions throughout the wars that tried to redress those concerns, and to modernise the strength as a complete. This name examines those procedures and files intimately the strategies, uniforms and kit of the Austrian cavalry, protecting Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chevauxlegers, Hussars, Uhlan (lancer) and auxiliary units.

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Infanterie-Regiment von Mirbach This regiment was raised in 1745 and was also among early arrivals in America. J. 1776-1777. It then did garrison duty at Philadelphia 1777-1778, then at New York 1778-1783. In 1780 it was re-designated Regiment Jung von Lossberg. Facings were red with the uncharacteristic addition of white lace edging around lapels and cuff flaps. Cap and hat tassels were medium blue, metallics white metal. Musician’s coats had six chevrons per sleeve. Their lace pattern was white with a central red stripe on which was superimposed a fine green line.

Their lace pattern was white with a central red stripe on which was superimposed a fine green line. Soldiers’ lace was plain white. In this regiment officers took metallic lace embellishment (stickerei) to extremes. It appeared as usual on non-lapel buttons and buttonholes, but also outlined the lapels, cuffs and cuffs flaps, oddly not the cuff flap buttons themselves perhaps to prevent making these flaps too stiff to easily button over. All drums had brass shells embossed with the rampant, striped Hessian lion.

1780 after which it remained there in garrison until 1782. In that year it returned to the New York garrison where it remained until 1783 at the cessation of hostilities. Facings—that is color and cuffs—were white, a color carried over to hat and cap pompoms. The Compagnie-Fahne was pale yellow likely in keeping with the armorial tincture of its colonel. Garrison regiments also had all staffs and pole arms painted black. Garrison-Regiment von Huyn Regiment von Huyn was distinctive in its yellow facings and small clothes.

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