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This page covers the Austrian army of Prince Eugene that halted Ottoman expansion in Europe in the early 18th Century. Including the battles of Zenta, Peterwardein and Belgrade.

Whilst Eugene’s command achievements were considerable the superiority of the army he led owed more to the work of Raymond Montecuccoli. He improved mobility with smaller battalions and increased firepower by reducing the proportion of pikes. This work was continued after his death with the introduction of flintlocks with plug, ring and socket bayonet before most other western armies including the French. The Imperial forces in the Balkans also relied more heavily on light field artillery and up to a third of the army was cavalry. Dragoons (including Eugene’s early command) providing firepower (often on foot) with cuirassiers for shock action. The hussars who were mainly Croats as Hungary was in revolt for most of this period were used for raiding and scouting. A vital counter to the Ottoman Tartar horsemen.

Prince Eugene and his staff


Dragoons - Dragoon Regiment No.1 Rabutin

Figures from the Wargames Foundry WSS range.


From the Old Glory range.


From the Wargames Foundry WSS range.

Line Infantry


Figures from the Wargames Foundry WSS range. Also used the Front Rank range.

Battalion Gun

Wargame Foundry figures with a Front Rank cannon.



From the Old Glory range.

Further Reading

Hochedlinger, M            

 Austria’s Wars of Emergence 1683-1797                      

 Pearson 2003


 Prince Eugen of Savoy 

 Wiedenfield 1964 


 Prince Eugene of Savoy                                       


McKay,Derek Prince Eugene of Savoy   Thames and Hudson 1977
David Chandler Art of War in the Age of Marlborough   Spellmount


 The Austrian Military Border in Croatia 1522-1747   

Urbana 1960

Charles Grant                 From Pike to Shot 1685 to 1720                    WRG
Sapherson,C.A. Imperial Infantry 1691-1714 Raider 1989
Sapherson,C.A.  Imperial Cavalry 1691-1714               Raider 1989


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