Thursday, 29 November 2007

Austrian Pioneer

The pioneer battalion was raised in 1758 to give commanding officers a force able to move with the advance guard "to widen and repair roads and set up light timber bridges" (Duffy, Army of Maria Theresa). They were so useful the unit was more than doubled in size in 1759 but the unit was most unfortunately disbanded as part of the drastic economies of 1761-2.

Uniform: Plain black leather casquet. Black stock, hechtgrau coat and waistcoat with grass green collar, cuffs and turnbacks, white breeches. Yellow metal buttons, black gaiters.

4 comments:

Snickering Corpses said...

One of the details I'm curious about is what the difference between Sapper and Pioneer units was, besides the hats.

David said...

Hi SC,

Do you mean in the function of the units? I think I've explained that in the commentary now, if so!

David.

Snickering Corpses said...

Yep, that's exactly what i was looking for. Thanks, David!

David said...

That's good, SC! :-)

David.