Habsburg Archdukes in Military Service

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Habsburg Archdukes in Military Service

Post by Orok » 28 Mar 2004 23:31

Archduke Charles, the archnemesis of Napoleon, and his eldest son, Archduke Albert, the Victor of Custoza.

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Post by Orok » 28 Mar 2004 23:34

Archduke John, younger brother of Archduke Charles.

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Post by Orok » 28 Mar 2004 23:37

Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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Post by Orok » 28 Mar 2004 23:41

Archdukes of the 1870s.

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Post by Orok » 28 Mar 2004 23:47

Archdukes as Hoch- und Deutchmeister.

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Post by Orok » 29 Mar 2004 00:09

Archduke and Crown Prince Rudolph in Hungarian officer's uniform.

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Post by Orok » 29 Mar 2004 00:57

For biographies and pictures of more Habsburg Archdukes, especially Archdukes active during the Great War, please go to Glenn's excellent site Habsburg Archdukes in Military Service.

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Post by CMF » 29 Mar 2004 12:03

Hi Orok!

Fantastic stuff 8O :D

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Post by Gwynn Compton » 29 Mar 2004 12:47

Glenns site is to be highly recommended, it is an excellent piece of work :)

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Post by Orok » 29 Mar 2004 13:33

Yes,

Glenn's site is a must for anyone who are interested in either Austro-Hungarian military history or WWI in general!

And please feel free to post here pictures of Austrian Archdukes in uniform which you have! :lol:

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Post by Orok » 29 Mar 2004 13:51

Finally, Archduke Otto, aka Herr Otto von Habsburg, a Crown Prince without an empire, and an Oberstinhaber without a regiment! :lol: 8)

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Post by beauregard61 » 31 Mar 2004 09:08

Hi,
nice pictures!
I've a question about the second picture depicting Archduke Charles.
I now a similar picture from the battle of Stockach (1799) with Charles and some Grenadiers. From which battle is the scene with Charles and the regimental colour?
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Aspern-Essling

Post by Glenn2438 » 31 Mar 2004 16:41

Hi John,

the picture depicts the Archduke Karl with the colours of Infantry Regiment Zach Number 15 on the second day of the the battle of Aspern-Essling, 22 May 1809.

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Post by Orok » 31 Mar 2004 18:13

Hi Glenn,

I read that the Archduke wrote his own name as Carl, writing the name with a K is a more modern practice. Is this true?

John,

Unlike the Prussian practice, the Austrian infantry regiments all had colors of the same design and color, which went through several models during the Napoleonic period. The differences between these models were minimal, mostly in the coats of arms on the chest and surrounding the double-headed imperial eagle. Each regiment did not have its own regimental colors design, although the number of each regiment was for a very short time enscribed on the colors. Before mid 19th century, all colors were hand painted or hand embroidered, so variances were inevitable. And there were always some regiments who carried the older models colors long after the new model had been introduced. However the The same basic design endured until the end of the monarchy in 1918.

Attached is the final model of the colors, visually not very different from the one Archduke Charles would have held! :lol:

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Post by Orok » 31 Mar 2004 18:41

Hi John,

An interesting anecdote about the picture, after the battle when someone inquired about the legend that he seized the colors and led the badly shaken regiment forward, the Archduke replied: "You know how heavy the colors are? Do you really believe that a little chap like me could have gone off with them?" :lol: The Archduke is very short in stature, at about 1.54m! :lol:

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