Austrian Napoleonic Cuirassier Helmet. Napoleonic helmet of the Austrian heavy cavalry. Cuirassiers were elite Austrian troops feared around the Europe.
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Part of Napoleonic armor. Helmet of Austrian Cuirassier-heavy cavalry unit.
The Austrian cavalry consisted of cuirassiers, dragoons, chevaulegeres (light dragoons), hussars and uhlans. The twelve regiments of hussars were mostly Hungarians (eight were Hungarian, two were from Transilvania, and two from today Slovakia). The uhlans were Poles and Ukrainians from Galicia.
The men of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Dragoon Regiment were Moravians, while those in the 1st and 2nd Dragoon Regiment were Austrians. The chevaulegers in 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th Regiment were Bohemians (Czechs), while in the 3rd were Poles from Galicia, in 7th were Italians. The 1st Chevaulegere Regiment was composed of Austrians.
The Austrian cavalrymen were excellent swordsman and horsemen, well-trained and well-mounted and enjoyed great reputation in Europe.
In the 1st Kaiser, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th Regiment were Bohemians and Moravians (Czechs), while in the 4th and 5th were Austrians. The Bussy Horse Jagers were made of French royalists (emigres) in Austrian service. Ironically this unit participated in the defeat of Bonaparte's grenadiers of Consular Guard at Marengo, 1800.