The photographs that comprise this exhibition were taken during a visit to the Heeresgeschichtliches (Army History) Museum in Vienna in 1996. They were taken without flash or tripod, through glass display cases and under the museum's yellow-ish electric lights, so they're not of the highest quality! I've done my best to "digitally remaster" them before posting them on these pages.
The Heeresgeschichtliches Museum is, to use a favourite Dr Johnson quotation, "worth seeing, but not worth going to see". There are various artifacts and numerous documents and prints that should attract anyone with an interest in the Austrian army of the period. However, they are very poorly displayed and the museum bookshop is a great disappointment - I could not find as much as a postcard that dealt with the Napoleonic era. The one benefit of the rather lacklustre nature of this museum is that you may well, as I did, have the whole place to yourself should you choose to visit. Next time I'm in Vienna, I'll try the Aspern museum instead...
STOP PRESS: I have been informed that the uniforms on show in the museum, and on these pages, are all reconstructions made in the early 1950's. If there's a sign in the real museum to this effect, I didn't see it. You have been warned.
Anyway, save yourself the trouble and expense of a trip to Vienna and click on an exhibit that interests you. Alternatively, just follow the tour that begins at the bottom of the page...
Table of Exhibits
- Early Austrian Uniforms
- Infantry Helmets
- Officer Uniforms
- Hussar Uniform
- Leibfahne Standards
- Ordinärfahne Standards
You can make a further virtual visit to this museum at their own site
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna