Austrian Grenz-Hussars Organisation

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Introduction

At the end of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1748, the Austrian Army counted 4 Grenz-Infantry regiments.

Overall, Grenz Hussars totalled some 3,000 men subdivided into the following regiments:

  • Slavonian Hussars (6 sqns for a total of 1,200 men)
  • Warasdiner Hussars (1 sqn for a total of 200 men)
  • Banal Hussars (4 sqns for a total of 800 men)
  • Karlstädter Hussars (4 sqns for a total of 800 men)

Grenzer units were mainly destined to wars against the Turks. For wars on other theatres of operations, they had to supply only a third of their total forces. However, this ratio was exceeded on several occasions during the Seven Years' War when the third who had served in the previous campaign was gradually replaced by another third provided for the incoming operations.

Wartime Organisation

At the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, the Austrian Grenz-Hussars who had to serve in European conflicts amounted to 1,000 men (one third of the entire force).

Tactically a Grenz-Husar squadron was assigned to a foot battalion of the same Generalate.

References

Grosser Generalstab Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II: Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen, Part 3 Der siebenjährige Krieg 1756-1763

  • Vol. 1 Pirna und Lobositz, Berlin, 1901, pp. 130-134, 150