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The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I (2): 1916-18 (Men-at-Arms) [Paperback]

By Peter Jung & Darko Pavlovic (Illustrator)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.76" Width: 7.34" Height: 0.17"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 21, 2003
Publisher   Osprey Publishing
ISBN  1841765953  
EAN  9781841765952  


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The part played in the Great War by the armies of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy is little known to English-speakers, perhaps because 1918 saw the complete destruction of the Empire. Yet it was of great importance, providing nearly all Central Powers forces on the Italian front, huge numbers on the Russian front, the Balkans and even a contingent in Turkey and Palestine. This second volume describes this complex organisation from the accession of Emperor Karl I in November 1916, through the victory of Caporetto and failure of the Piave offensive, to the final Armistice. The text is supported by tables and insignia charts, and illustrated with rare photographs and colourful plates.
"...beautifully illustrated and the eight color plates show off a variety of WWI uniforms/equipment that are appropriate for armies that fought in the RCW...fills a very necessary spot in my wargaming library... As always, Osprey books form the first line of any 'attack' on a new period of study!" -HMG Reviewing Stand
Dr PETER JUNG (1955-2003) obtained his Doctorate in History at the University of Vienna, and in 1981 began working for the Austrian State Archives/War Archives, where he subsequently became the head of three departments. He was a member of the Commission Autrichienne d'Histoire Militaire; and wrote a number of books and articles, including Die Feldverwendung der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Gendarmerie 1914/18 and L'ultimo Guerra degli Asburgo, Carso - Basso Isonzo - Trieste. The first part of this present study was published earlier this year as Men-at-Arms 392; Dr Jung died suddenly shortly after delivering this second book.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr PETER JUNG (1955-2003) obtained his Doctorate in History at the University of Vienna, and in 1981 began working for the Austrian State Archives/War Archives, where he subsequently became the head of three departments. He was a member of the Commission Autrichienne d'Histoire Militaire; and wrote a number of books and articles, including Die Feldverwendung der Osterreichisch-Ungarischen Gendarmerie 1914/18 and L'ultimo Guerra degli Asburgo, Carso - Basso Isonzo - Trieste. The first part of this present study was published earlier this year as Men-at-Arms 392; Dr Jung died suddenly shortly after delivering this second book."

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Very Informative book  Jul 21, 2008
This Men at Arms series has been a huge help with my short story writing - mostly because I'm a visual person and the illustrations within are fantastic. My only complaint is how impersonal these books are - I wish there were more about the soldiers themselves (i.e. letters home, heroic stories, etc). The book sort of dehumanizes Austrian soldiers by solely discussing their tactics and weaponry. It needs more personality...
 
Late WW1Overview  Jun 21, 2008
Is short but does go over the general state of equipment of the Astro-Hungarian military at the end of the war, particularly the uniforms.
 
The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I  Jun 22, 2006
The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I (2) Osprey publication just touches on highlights of the kuk is well written and researched. I enjoyed the photos from the archives and from the authors collection. Nice rank, insignia as well as unit organization charts. I spent a decade in Central Europe studying militaria, visiting actual kuk WWI battle sites, studying kuk unit forces and visiting actual kuk fortifications throughout the old empire. I specialize in military aviation in the First War, I disagree on several of the dates in the very brief aviation section of the book but other then that, excellent work.
 
A Valuable Addition  Jan 25, 2004
Dr Peter Jung, late of the Austrian War Archives, completed his second volume for Osprey on the Austro-Hungarian forces in the First World War. Together, these two volumes, while thin, shed much light on the heretofore-neglected Austro-Hungarian troops who played such a large role in the First World War.

Dr. Jung begins with an introduction concerning the new Austrian emperor and then provides a 7-page summary of major operations in 1916-1918. He then covers army reorganization in the last two years of the war, uniforms and equipment, and a 9-page section on specialist troops (storm troopers, mountain troops, searchlight troops, gas warfare, auto troops, armored cars, army aviation, naval troops, chaplains and female troops. A final section includes information on secondary fronts (the Orientkorps in Palestine and the Western front, which includes two very detailed orders of battle (AH units on Turkish fronts and AH troops on the Western Front in October 1918). The color plates consist of: Austrian senior leaders (Emperor Karl I, FM Conrad and Colonel-General Boroevic); specialist troops (dog handlers, dismounted cavalry, mountain troops); military chaplains (Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Protestant); naval troops; storm troops; aviators; ethnic troops (Albanian, Ukrainian); and odds-and-ends troops in late 1918. While the color plates are excellent, as usual, some of the choices (such as an entire plate on chaplains) are questionable and it would have been desirable to have at least one color plate of Austrian troops in action. Finally, the author's 2-page bibliography is very detailed and should prove very useful for any readers wishing to pursue further research on this topic. The only serious omissions in both volumes are the lack of any real discussion of Austrian tactical or operational level doctrine, and the lack of any first-person accounts.

There is a great deal of specialized information about the Austro-Hungarian army in both this volume and its predecessor, making them valuable commodities for anyone interested in a better understanding of the First World War. Given the constraints of the Osprey Men-at-Arms series, Dr. Jung made a commendable effort and these two volumes should be on the bookshelf of all serious students of the Great War.

 
The Forgotten Many  Nov 16, 2003
I am writing this having a) had the book for some time now, and b) in response to the previous review.

I found the book particularly informative - especially after "Armies in the Balkans 1914-18" - and, some minor details apart - a reasonable review of the Habsburg armies in the first half of the First World War. Re. the uniform plates, I agree entirely that they are excellent and well worth the purchase price of the book alone.

However, although the previous reviewer highlights the, shall we say, negative spin of apparent lack of success of the kuk armee in 1914 and 1916 and, to a lesser extent 1915, the fact remains that - with German assistance admittedly - the Habsburg armies remained in the field in fighting order until almost the last. Indeed, given that Austro-Hungarian military spending pre 1914 was by far the lowest of the Great Powers (which includes Italy I am told) and that the German Empire was the great, powerful "new kid on the block" (from, bear in mind, 1871), the Habsburg armies' ability to survive deserves recognition. Given that the brash, new, powerful German Empire was outlived by the arthritic, "ramshackle" Austro- Hungarian state (held together by the army) for a mere matter of weeks in 1918, there must be a case for some recognition. PLUS, Imperial Russia knocked out of the war in 1917 in part due to the (admittedly) supporting role played by Austria-Hungary (NB not Austro-Hungary!). This is an old army worthy of attention. I for one think Peter Jung's book is generally well balanced and look forward to part two.

 

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