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bargainbindm Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 9:51 a.m. PST

I am doing a bit of research, and I am looking for a source that provides the nationality the KUK was composed of by regiment (infantry to be specific). I know somewhere in the mountain of reference material I own it is shown, but so far I've yet to find it. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction and then I can start digging through the pile here.

GurKhan19 May 2024 10:59 a.m. PST

Strictly, of course, it didn't exist. (The army only became KuK, Imperial and Royal, after the Compromise of 1867.)

This table – link – gives the provinces where line infantry regiments were recruited in 1866, which should help.

bargainbindm Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 11:20 a.m. PST

That works, thank! Of course, according to Murphy's Law I will now find my reference material effortlessly, probably hiding in plain sight.

Lilian20 May 2024 6:20 a.m. PST

I saw that for 1859 the regimental recruiting districts as usually indicated in the tables didn't seem to reflect exactly the nationalities by regiment
e.g. Infanterie-Regiment Hoch- und Deutschmeister Nr. 4 from Lower Austria, so we assume it was "german", actually it was half german half hungarian

for 1859 and the Infantry 62 Infantry Regiments counting 175 460 men in peacetime and 426932 in wartime of which

12 Hungarians regiments
10 Italians
8 Polish
7 Slavs from Illyria Dalmatia Croatian Serbian
7 Bohemian and 2 Moravian
5 Transylvanians
3 Germans
3 two thirds Polish/one third Hungarian
2 two thirds Silesian-Moravian/one third Hungarian
2 half German/half Hungarian
1 half German/half Slavs Serbians Croatians

of course as maybe you know in 1866 more infantry regiments were raised (80) and a part of the Italian territories have been lost…

La Guerre d'Italie: récit illustré de la campagne de 1859
Charles Lahure
pages 139-140

bargainbindm Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2024 6:51 a.m. PST

Thanks! i am planning on running linked scenarios of Nachod and Skalitz from the Seven Weeks War and my group knows very little about the conflict. Before we game it (using Neil Thomas rules) I want to have a quick history lesson ready for the gang. They are having a hard time grasping the difficulties the Austrians had from top to bottom. A heterogeneous army was one of them!

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