A couple of weeks ago there were some messages on the list about
Austrians coming to the US via Mexico. My own Bohemian ggf, who is said
to have been a Cuirassier, had tried to get a transfer from the Austrian
army to go to Mexico for that purpose. It was denied.
I have just been reading "The History of Cavalry" by Z. Grbasic and V.
Vuksic, published in 1989 English language edition by Facts On File,
Inc., NYNY. On page 250 is this information: In 1864 Napoleon III
appointed Archduke Maximilian the Emperor of Mexico.
France had landed an expeditionary corps of 30,000 men in Mexico in
1862. Max set up a dictatorship with the backing of 25,000 French
soldiers, 6,500 Austrian volunteers, 1,500 Belgians and 8,000 Foreign
Legion and local bourgeoise. The French consisted of the 1st, 2nd and
3rd Chasseurs d'Afrique, and they performed well because of climate
similarities to their prior service. With 1,000 of the Austrians, Max
formed a hussar regiment named the Red Hussars. The rest of the army
was organized and armed after the "French model". When the United
States demanded that all foreign forces leave Mexico, the French did.
Max was captured and executed in 1867.
From this it would appear that no complete organizations of Austrian
military went to Mexico as such. If anyone knows of a source with
additional military details of this period (1862-1867) in Mexico, I
would like to know of it.