After defeating Austria at Austerlitz in 1805, Napoleon took over the territory then called 'Illyria' in western Croatia, but had to fight to occupy it in 1806-07. After defeat in 1809, Austria ceded more Balkan territories to the French Empire, but invaded and liberated these territories in 1814. This title examines the many former Austrian regiments from the areas that were taken into the French forces, for instance, Illyrian Chasseurs, Croatian and Dalmatian Regiments. Examined are the troops' uniform, weapons and organisation, all illustrated with detailed, colour artwork.
Vladimir Bmardic was born in Zagreb in 1973. After graduating from the University of Zagreb with a History degree, he trained as a journalist. He has a keen interest in the history of Central and Eastern European military organisations, especially during the Napoleonic period. Vladimir is married and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Darko Pavlovic was born in 1959 and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. A trained architect, he now works as a full-time illustrator and writer, specialising in militaria. Darko has illustrated a number of books for Osprey and has also written and illustrated titles for the Men-at-Arms series on the Austrian army of the 19th century.