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HAPSBURG AUSTRIAN IMPERIAL        

HAPSBURG AUSTRIAN IMPERIAL

Historical Overview

The Peace of Westphalia in 1648, which ended the Thirty Years' War, gave the individual countries within the Holy Roman Empire erritories almost complete sovereignty. The Swiss Confederation,and the Northern Netherlands left straight away, and the Empire from this point was a powerless entity, existing in name only. The Habsburg Emperors instead focused on consolidating their own estates in Austria and elsewhere. After 1648 the emperor Leopold was engaged in ridding Germany of the foreign soldiery left behind by the TYW, and in 1656 he sent an army into Italy to assist Spain in her struggle with France. He had just concluded an alliance with Poland to check the aggressions of Charles X of Sweden when he died on 2 April 1657.

The second son of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor by his first wife, Maria Anna of Spain was Leopold who became heir apparent in 1654 by the death of his elder brother Ferdinand IV. Elected Holy Roman Emperor in 1658, Leopold would rule as such until his death in 1705.

Leopold's reign is known for the conflicts with the Ottoman Empire in the east, and the rivalry with Louis XIV, a contemporary and first-cousin, in the west.

After more than a decade of warfare, Leopold emerged victorious from the Great Turkish War thanks to military talents of Prince Eugene of Savoy. By the Treaty of Karlowitz, Leopold recovered almost all of the Kingdom of Hungary which had fallen under the Turkish yoke in the years after 1526.
Leopold fought three wars against France - the Dutch War, the Nine Years' War, and the War of Spanish Succession. In this last, Leopold sought to give his younger son the entire Spanish inheritance, disregarding the late Spanish king's will. To this end, he started a war which soon engulfed much of Europe. The early years of the war went fairly well for Austria, with victories at Schellenberg and Blenheim. But this was a stubborn war that would drag on till 1714, nine years after Leopold's death which, in truth, barely had an effect on the warring nations of Europe. When Peace returned at the end of it all, Austria could not be said to have emerged as triumphant as it did from the war against the Turks.

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Tactics

  • Regimental guns with 5+1 infantry units in this period is quite a good USP
  • The Hungarian Musket/Sword units are also tasty, especially if they can DISR enemy infantry before contact
  • Difficult to see how Spanish Feathers are worth taking, as there are not many scary mounted armies in this era.
  • That half=Polish version is a bit pricy once you have the Polish compulsaries

Lists

Name and Date
800AP list used Central London 2014
  • 1 Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 3
  • 2R Imperial Infantry HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 1
  • 2R Imperial Infantry MF Unarmoured Average Musket 5
  • 3R Imperial Infantry HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 1
  • 3R Imperial Infantry MF Unarmoured Average Musket 5
  • 6 Kurassiere Dt Horse Armoured Average Pistol Pistol 4
  • 5 Kurassiere Dt Horse Armoured Average carbine Pistol 4
  • 7 Kurassiere Dt Horse Armoured Average Pistol Pistol 4
  • 4R Guard Foote HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 1
  • 4R Guard Foote MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 5
  • 11 Imperial Infantry HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 1
  • 11 Imperial Infantry MF Unarmoured Average Musket 5
  • 9 Imperial Infantry HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 1
  • 9 Imperial Infantry MF Unarmoured Average Musket 5
  • 8R Guard Foote HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 1
  • 8R Guard Foote MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 5
  • 10 Germans Dt Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4

  • 12 Artillery Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • R Reggie Guns Reg Gun Superior 2
  • R Reggie Guns Reg Gun Average 2
  • 4 TCs

900AP list used at Usk 2013
  • 5+1+Gun Infantry Unit, Superior
  • 5+1+Gun Infantry Unit, Superior
  • 5+1+Gun Infantry Unit, Average
  • 5+1+Gun Infantry Unit, Average
  • 6 Musket, Bayonet
  • 5+1+Gun Infantry Unit, Average
  • 6 Hungarian Muskets, with Swords
  • 6 Hungarian Muskets, with Swords
  • 4 Dragoons
  • 3 Dragoons
  • 4 Determined Horse, Average Pi/Pi
  • 4 Determined Horse, carbine/Pi, Armoured, Average
  • 3 Medium Gunnes
  • 4 Determined HOrse, Average, Pi/Pi
  • 4 Croats LH, Carbine/Pi
  • 4 TCs



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