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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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From Marengo to Austerlitz

From Marengo to Austerlitz

The Second and Third Coalition Wars

(p.211) Chapter 9 From Marengo to Austerlitz
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the ongoing conflict between France and Austria. Despite the Austrian army's mixed record against Napoleon, her forces were England's only reliable ally. The Austrian army was also the only instrument capable of containing Revolutionary France. The army continued to be in the forefront of every campaign and its ability to survive the hammer blows rained down upon it was a tribute to the long-lasting effect of reforms from a generation earlier. Barely was the ink dry at Campo Formio when Britain, Russia, Naples, and Turkey began to see the ambitions of Revolutionary France in an ever darker light. As these countries drew together, it was apparent that the key to any credible coalition against Napoleon remained to be Austria. After much promise of gold on the part of London, Austria formally signed a new alliance with Britain on 22 June 1799. This war would bring new areas of campaign for the French, notably in Egypt. But their continued obsession with the Rhine threatened Germany, which brought them inevitably into conflict with Vienna.

Keywords:   Austrian army, Revolutionary France, Austria, Napoleon, Britain, Russia, Naples, Turkey, Germany

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