Welcome to my wargaming blog on the Napoleonic Austrian Army and their enemies during the 1809 Campaign. On these pages you will find photos showcasing my 28mm collection and some historical information about the units I am attempting to portray.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Austrian Dragoon Regiment N° 1 – FM Erzherzog Johann Baptist (Archduke John Dragoons)

The regiment was at Aspern with the Division FML baron Michael von Kienmayer, Brig. Rottermund and in the Hiller Column. Detachments were also with Div. Kottulinsky, VI Corps. There it lost 36 men and 76 horses (dead, wounded and missing).

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Austrian Battles of the 1809 Campaign

The 1809 campaign starts with the invasion of Austrian troops into Bavaria on 9th of April 1809 and ends with the Peace of Schönbrunn on 14th of October 1809. This war is often also referred to as the War of the 5th Coalition. This year sees no less than 13 major engagements by Austrian and French forces:

16th April - Battle of Sacile - Austrian victory

18th April - Battle of Hausen - French victory

19th April - Battle of Teugen - French victory

(The Battles of Teugen and Hausen are often referred as one and the same action - Battle of Teugn-Huasen).

19th/20th April - Battle of Abensberg - French victory

20th/22nd April - Battle of Eckmühl - French victory

21st April  - Battle of Landshut - French victory

23rd April - Battle of Regensberg - French victory

3rd May - Battle of Ebersberg - French victory

21st/22nd May - Battle of Aspern-Essling - Austrian victory

14th June - Battle at the Raab - French/Italian victory

5th/6th July - Battle of Wagram - French victory

8th July - Battle of Gefrees - Austrian victory

7th September - Battle of Znaim - French victory

I am plan to design a wargaming scenario for each of these engagements 
that will include OBs, a map and mission objectives. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Kürassiere N° 4 Archduke Ferdinand Carl d’Este Regiment or “Kronprinz Kürassiere” (Crownprince Cuirassiers)

The regiment began the 1809 campaign with 913 men and 809 horses in 6 squadrons. At Aspern, they were severely engaged in many cavalry attacks and lost 4 men and 15 horses, dead, 19 men and 13 horses wounded, 21 men and 37 horses missing; a total of 46 men and 65 horses. At Wagram they were employed against the Saxons. On the second day it was employed against the French elite cavalry but suffered violent canister shots from the enemy artillery and had to retreated, losing 134 men and 143 horses.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Austrian Hussar Regiment N° 1 – Kaiser Franz II (Emperor’s Hussars)

Austria had 12 hussar regiments. Eight of them were formed in Hungary, two in Transilvania (2. Archduke Joseph and 11. Szekler), one (8. Kienmayer) in Pressburg (today Bratislava in Slovakia), and one (10. Stipsich) in Kaschau (today Košice in Slovakia). The name 'Hussar' derives originally from Latin cursarius, meaning raider, and originally referred to marauders in the northern Balkans. The Hungarian hussars became so popular almost all other European armies formed their own hussars, including France, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. Their colorful and braided uniforms attracted many volunteers.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Kürassiere N° 1 Kaiser Franz I Regiment (Emperor Francis I Cuirassiers)

In March 1809 there were 8 cuirassier regiments - each of 975 men in 6 squadrons. The cuirassiers wore white coats and breeches. During campaign they wore grey overalls over or instead of the tight elegant breeches. The kurass was of blank iron, blackened, lined and trimmed at the edges with white leather. Moustaches were obligatory for the privates but officers had to be clean shaven.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Austrian Corps 1809 Campaign

Having now played a number wargames against the Austrians, I think they look absolutely stunning on the tabletop and provide a totally different tactical challenge to my French and British formations. As a result, I have decided to make 2014 the year when I develop a 28mm Austrian collection which is loosely based on the historical orders of battle during the 1809 Campaign. Front Rank miniatures will be the mainstay of the collection, however I will also use some Perry miniatures for variation.  

CinC - Hiller

Vanguard Division - General Major Nordmann
Liechtenstein Hussars Regiment No.7 - 12 figures
Gyulai Regiment (Hungarian) No.32 - 2 battalions of 48 figure battalions each
Saint Georges Grenzer Regiment No.6 - 1 battalion of 24 figures
Broder Grenzer Regiment No. 7 - 2 companies of 6 figures each
Vienna Volunteer Regiment No.1 - 1 battalion of 24 figures
Attached 3lb gun

Division - Kottulinsky
Liechtenstein Dragoon Regiment No.9 - 12 figures
Kiebek Regiment (Austrian) No.14 - 2 battalions of 36 figures each
Jordis Regiment (Austrian) No.59 - 2 battalions of 36 figures each
Vienna Volunteer Regiment No.4 - 1 battalion of 24 figures
Attached 3lb gun

Division - Vincent
Kaiser Franz Hussars Regiment No.1 - 12 figures
Splenyi Infantry Regiment (Austrian) No.51 - 2 battalions of 48 figures each
Vienna Volunteer Regiment No.3 - 1 battalion of 24 figures
Attached 3lb gun

Corps Heavy Artillery
12lb Artillery Battery x 4 guns

Grenadier Division - Lindenau
Leningen Grenadier Battalion - 36 figures
Portner Grenadier Battalion - 36 figures
Georgy Grenadier Battalion - 36 figures

Cuirassier Brigade - Kroyer
Kaiser Franz Cuirassiers Regiment No.1 - 12 figures
Archduke Ferdinand Carl d’Este Cuirassier Regiment No.4 - 12 figures

6lb Horse Artillery Battery - 2 guns

I will provide uniform details and historical information as the collection develops.