had one of the most powerful cavalry forces of the Napoleonic
Era with around 45,000 horsemen under arms. It was a mix
of the traditions of Europe's east and west,
drawing many men from Hungary and the Balkans, as well as
southern Germany. Austria's tactic of attacking in two lines
often came unstuck against the French use of columns.
Hussars' Facing Colours
Light Dragoons' Facing Colours
Chevauxleger Facing Colours
took advantage of its control of Hungary in creating
its cavalry mix and almost all of that land's wild
horsemen saw service as hussars.
The hussars dressed flamboyantly and had a daring
and ruthlessness that few could match, as well as
excellent skills in controlling, and fighting on,
heavy cavalry was drawn mainly from the German areas
of influence and, like their French counterparts,
However, the black-enamel armour only covered their
chests and this resulted in a larger number of casualties
than those suffered by the French, who wore additional
effect cuirassiers without breastplates, the dragoons
were German-styled heavy cavalry.
Chevauxlegers were essentially medium dragoons and
would carry out the work of light and medium cavalry
units - patrolling, reconnaissance and screening
on Polish lancers, the uhlans borrowed that nation's
headdress, the czapka, and traditional weapon, the
were principally used as light cavalry and were
best when used to harass retreating enemy troops.