Hello to everyone here... trying to find out if infantry officers were walking or riding? During the marches and the at the battles, were they on foot, or riding? I'm more interested in the austrian army, but also the french troops.
During battle the answer is not so difficult - usually only the battalion commander was mounted, regimental commander and majors as well, the rest was dismounted, when travelling or on the march, officers tried to obtain mounts, as can be seen in memoires, so also a lieutenant could be mounted to a certain extend on a campaign, but he wouldn't use this in battle, there he would be with his unit as file closer.
Glad I found this place. Thanks to you all!
Very interesting... could somebody tell me if the Austrian army had muskets or rifles? Say... 1796, since I'm about to write something about the battle of Arcole?
Hello and welcome to the board.
Specifically for Austria, only the ‘staff rank’ officers - ie: majors and above - would be mounted. It is of course advantageous to mounted for controlling your men and viewing the situation, but it also makes you stand out as a target. French troops made a point of shooting mounted Austrian officers and at Marengo, this was a major contributor to the army breaking up at the end.
Very interesting and useful informations. Thanks to both of you. I have another question that's related to the Napoleonic Wars... something about prisoners of war. Should I write here, or open another subject? Sorry if I'm bothering you.
Right, sorry. Will do.
Hello, welcome to the forum! Just a quick request as forum moderator. Can you please alter your profile in the members area so that it lists your full name (rather than just your email address)? Many thanks Zack