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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 11:43 p.m. PST

Hello everyone,

Who knows the organization and the theoretical strength of the units of the Austrian army from 1740 to 1748 during the WAS.

Thank you.

nsolomon9910 Oct 2017 11:58 p.m. PST

Christopher Duffy – foremost English speaking historian/authority on the subject.

olicana11 Oct 2017 1:34 a.m. PST

Here are two links for you. The first is for the SYW, but things were much the same. The second has the detailed OOB for Mollwitz Chotusitz and Soor.


There is a tendency for gamers to go for the 'three battalion regiment' for Austrians but this is a bit of a misnomer. As far as I can gather, they generally deployed as two battalion regiments. Where three battalions are present the third often comes from another, badly depleted, regiment that has been folded in for admin purposes, temporarily losing its own regimental designation. I can't remember where I read that.

Of course, this period also predates any form of standardised brigade or higher formation. The army building block is the regiment of infantry (generally two battalions) or cavalry (generally in five squadrons). After that, units were brigaded together (usually as one arm brigades) as the C-in-C deemed fit for the occasion.

There are a couple of Duffy titles that would help you. I'm glad I got mine a long time ago because, blimey, they are pricey these days!



Paskal Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Thank you olicana you understand me …

But be careful because the WAS is not the SYW …

Well say 2 battalions of 4 companies of musketeers and 2 companies of grenadiers with them per regiment or amalgamate with two other grenadier companies of a another infantry egiment to create a grenadier battalion?

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