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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 wielded by the great captains of the period including Tilly, Condé and Gustavus.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Nobility, militias and mercenaries
Regiments - companies and squadrons - ranks and responsibilities - discipline
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
Organization - armour - weapons - tactics
Organization - armour and weapons - tactics
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