Liechtenstein: Part III
Link to Part I, Part II and the first Castalia House WW post here.
Uniforms of the 1866 Campaign
The following are from a 1991 series of stamps: The Last Action of the Royal Military Contingents of Liechtenstein 1866.
|Sharpshooters, Officer & Private|
|Uniform tunic and trunk|
|Non commissioned officer and private.|
|Italian Uniforms during this time period|
Route of March from Liechtenstein to Italy
In this German language article, historian Peter Geiger describes the campaign and details the route of march:
"It took six weeks to complete the mission. But the walk over the Arlbergpass, the Reschenpass, the Stelvio over the Wormserjoch to Santa Maria was exhausting. The cold, wet and snow hindered the soldiers."
The article continues: "In Bormio, the Liechtensteiners faced the enemy: "Despite the troops in sight, it was unexpectedly not to fight," said Geiger. Without losses, the soldiers returned. But there were still one or two injured: a horse had missed a hoof stroke. "
The troops initially head east, into Austria and do not take the shorter route south then south east through Switzerland. Geiger mentions an exhausting march to Santa Maria but that town is located north of the passes and deep in Switzerland. A guess is that after the war the Swiss let the Liechtensteiners take a direct route home.
I'll continue research on Liechtenstein and new research for a "Microstate Military History Series". Next up: San Marino.
Interesting article on Field Marshal Joseph Wenzel Liechtenstein's efforts to modernize Austrian artillery found at Weaponsandwarfare.