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THE AUSTRIAN ARMY

: An Austrhiu contributes the following it'-, the * <.' i-.'i phk:' :—There is a British i'-incc serving in the Austrian army (the I-'.ike- of Cumberland), and many Britons r.-.ivc Ix'/yiiiL- Austrian*. Count Taafe, an ! Irish pc.-r, w.ifi for many years Prinw .Minister and a most intimate friend of 'the Monarch, Nugent was an Austrian i field-marshal, and many Austrian noble. ; families are of English, Irish, or Scots '■ descent, Besides that, many Britons have even during the la«t 20 years made Aus tria thoir "home, either permanently <t temporarily, and in Innsbruck an English colony has existed for some years, and Mcran, Cortina., liiva, have been thronged by British travellers at all seasons. The diplomatic relations of Austria and Great Britain have also always been most intimate, and there have been few more (>opular Ambassadors at the Court of <St. James's than Count Albert Mensdorfi, whe is a near relative of King George. It is also noteworthy that many Austrian officers have British wives, and this is especially the case with the officers of the famous 14th Division, which, under t-h« oommand of one of the Archdukes, is now in Alsace to assist the German army. This division consists of about 40.000 men. mostly mountaineers (very much akin to Soots Highlanders;, devout Catholics, and excellent fighters. It has its headquarter* in Tyrol, to which belongs the Rifle Brigade recruited from the mountaineers of this Alpine province. Ever since the remarkaible victory of the Tyrolese peasants under the leadership of the peasant innkeeper, Andreas Holer, over the combined armies of France and Bavaria in 1809, the Itirio Brivade has been locked upon a< one of the elite corps of the Austro-Hun-an'iv. The uniform of the Bine Brigade is blue-grey and green. The artillery" consists mostly <A inula hAunas. There is not much cavalry attached to this division, the principal regiment 'being Tyrolese rifles on horseback. It is a strange fact that Austria cannot boast of many fortifications, and those in existence are" in Galieia, Hungary, and Tyrol. Vienna and Budapest are nonfortified. On the Adriatic, Pola is the Portsmouth of the Monarchy, Triecte, Zara, and Cattaxo are also fortified.

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THE AUSTRIAN ARMY, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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THE AUSTRIAN ARMY Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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