The Army of Maria Theresia

Habsburg Empress

The Kaiserliche und Königliche Armee (K.u.K.) consisted of well trained and disciplined troops from the German, Hungarian, Bohemian, Moravian, Italian, and Austrian Netherlands provinces of the Empire, as well as the highly skilled Croat, and Pandur light infantry units from the Grenz (border) regions.

Unfortunately, the generals commanding these gallant troops did not always display the initiative, tactical and strategic skill required to lead them into battle successfully. Advancement in the armed forces was based on purchased commissions and personal favoritism, rather than skill, a practise which prevented many truly capable officers from ever reaching the position they would have been most suited for.

This area is under construction, please come back in March/April 1996, for a detailed description of the Austrian army and wonderful pictures of many of the regiments.

  • General Staff
  • Infanterie
  • Kürassiere
  • Dragoner
  • Husaren
  • Artillerie

Purchase a commission in Austrian Service

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