Austrian Commanders of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815
Publication Date: May 25, 2004
Categories: Military - Napoleonic Wars
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Throughout the Revolutionary (1792-1802) and Napoleonic (1799-1815) Wars, France’s most consistent enemy on land was the Austrian Empire. Austria's huge armies played a central part in the several coalitions against France, from the 1790s, to the Austerlitz campaign of 1805, the closely-balanced battles of 1809, and the final upsurge of 1813-14. Contrary to the myth of rigid aristocratic conformity, the generals who led those armies were as diverse in origin and character as their regiments - some were princes of the blood, and some ex-rankers promoted for talent and courage. This text gives concise but fact-packed accounts of the careers of more than 30 of these men, illustrated with portraits and meticulous colour plates.
Dave Hollins was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1962. After graduating from University College London, he trained as a maritime solicitor and began his career in commercial shipping. He is a frequent contributor to specialist Napoleonic magazines and has written a number of books related to the Imperial Army and Archduke Charles. His previous work for Osprey includes Men-at-Arms 299: ‘Austrian Auxiliary Troops 1792-1816’, and Warrior 24: ‘Austrian Grenadiers and Infantry 1788-1816’.