Austrian Line Infantry Armament and Equipment

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Description

Blades

The grenadiers and the Hungarian regiments carried a long sabre.

Firearms

Since 1745, infantry was equipped with a new lighter musket which proved to be quite unreliable and had to replaced by a new model before the war. All models shared the same calibre (18.3 mm bore, 16.5 mm ball).

Austrian Muskets - Source: Teuber-Ottenfeld from Dr Marco Pagan's collection


Others

Grenadiers were also armed with hand-grenades for most of the Seven Years' War.

Officers, including colonels carried a partizan while NCOs carried a short musket.

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. 139-140

Teuber, Oskar and Rudolf Ottenfeld: Die östereichische Armee von 1700-1867, Wien 1895

Acknowledgement

Ibrahim90 for the info on the calibre of Austrian muskets