Imperial Armies of the Thirty Years' War (2): Cavalry

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This history of the Catholic armies of the Habsburg Empire that fought in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) explores the role of cavalry during the last major religious war in mainland Europe, which saw the end of the large mercenary forces and the beginnings of the well-disciplined national army. This book charts this progression, illustrating and explaining the forces of the key Catholic armies, while exploring the organization, tactics, and colorful uniforms of the cavalry forces as they were expertly ...
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Overview

This history of the Catholic armies of the Habsburg Empire that fought in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) explores the role of cavalry during the last major religious war in mainland Europe, which saw the end of the large mercenary forces and the beginnings of the well-disciplined national army. This book charts this progression, illustrating and explaining the forces of the key Catholic armies, while exploring the organization, tactics, and colorful uniforms of the cavalry forces as they were expertly wielded by the great captains of the period including Tilly, Condé and Gustavus.
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"The uniform enthusiasts will find that this book is a great addition to their collection and is great reference material for the uniforms weaponry or the Imperial Thirty Years War." -www.mataka.org, January 2011
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039973
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Men-At-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 831,631
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir Brnardic was born in Zagreb in 1973. After graduating from the University of Zagreb with a History degree, he trained as a journalist in the Documentary Program of Croatian Television. He has a keen interest in the history of Central and Eastern European military organisations from the 15th to19th century, especially those of the Napoleonic period. He is married and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Troop types

Recruitment 4

Nobility, militias and mercenaries

Organization 6

Regiments - companies and squadrons - ranks and responsibilities - discipline

Horses

Standards - musicians

The First Regular Regiments 11

Dampierre/Florentine (1616) - Illow/D'Espaigne (1631) - Alt-Piccolomini (1629)

Wartime Cavalry Strengths 13

Fluctuating strengths of the cavalry arm during the Thirty Years' War

Cuirassiers 17

Organization - armour - weapons - tactics

Harquebusiers 22

Organization - armour and weapons - tactics

Dragoons 24

Origins and organization - clothing and weapons - tactics

Light Cavalry 37

Croats - hussars - Polish cavalry

Armour and weapons - clothing - horse furniture - tactics

Independent Companies 35

Further Reading 43

Plate Commentaries 44

Index 48

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