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18CTEXAN08 Jul 2021 4:18 p.m. PST

Does anyone know of pictures of 7YW Austrian Carabiners? I know that they were considered "elite" but were they dressed differently than the rest of regiment?

clibinarium08 Jul 2021 4:53 p.m. PST

I think they were pretty much identical, but carried a different firearm (musketoon or carbine, I can't recall) and were armed with a sabre rather than the straight-edged pallasch. I've seen an illustration (Greenwood and Ball perhaps) where they have extra studs in the firearm belt(?) but I can't remember exactly. I can't vouch for that being correct though. I am away from my books, and Kronoskaff doesn't seem to mention it.

Camcleod08 Jul 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

The Osprey on Austrian Cav. #271 doesn't say much. Talking about Dragoon uniforms " Eqpt. was similar to that of the Cuirassiers, with broader belts for the Horse Grenadiers (as for Carabiniers)and larger cartridge boxes for the Elite Cos."

von Schwartz ver 208 Jul 2021 5:34 p.m. PST

Light leather gaiters instead of the heavy cavalry boots normally worn by cuirassiers and the long straight sword was replaced with a Hussar style curved sabre as they ocassionally operated dismounted. The trim on their carbine slings were decorated with small brass Imperial Eagles.

Greenwood and Ball, Uniform Reference Series
printed 1975

18CTEXAN09 Jul 2021 6:33 a.m. PST

thanks everyone!

DJCoaltrain10 Jul 2021 6:54 p.m. PST

Try Summerfield's book on Austrian Cuirassier Regiments.

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