SNC103-HW Trooper, Wurttemnurger Jager zu Pferd Konig, 1809
As the threat of a new war between Austria and France loomed during 1808, tensions grew in the Austrian camp. Even the Archduke Charles, architect of reform and reorganisation since their disastrous defeat at Austerlitz in 1805, accepted that a renewal of war against Napoleon, now deeply embroiled in Spain, was imminent. But with the army once more placed on a war footing, Charles old doubts returned, and again he expressed the view that the army was not ready for a return to conflict. Despite his doubts, Charles was confirmed by Emperor Francis as supreme military commander, and as such launched the attack into Bavaria in April 1809.