Historical Overview

The first Kuruc uprising occurred in 1672, made up from refugees of different origins taking shelter from the religious and political persecution in Hungary. They called themselves bújdosók (fugitives).

Their weapons were mostly pistols, light sabres and fokos (battle-axes), and the tactics and style of war were typical of light cavalry. The main subgroups were Protestants, who were disgruntled by Habsburg ambitions of the Counter-Reformation; nobles (from the minor nobility, holding on to their privileges, while the Habsburg Court made attempts to deprive impoverished nobles of their nobility) and soldiers from the végvárs (frontier castles) who were sacked by Habsburg generals. In August 1672 the Kuruc army invaded Upper Hungary where they conquered the castles of Diósgy?r, Ónod, Szendr? and Tokaj. After they defeated the Habsburg army of Paris von Spankau near Kassa the towns of Upper Hungary surrendered and many disaffected people joined them from the Slovak and Ruthenian population of the northern counties. They formed a semi-independant state and established diplomatic connections with Poland in 1674 and France in 1675. In 1678 the fugitives accepted Mihály Teleki, the Chancellor of Transylvania as their leader and the young nobleman Imre Thököly declared war against the Habsburgs. In August 1678 Thököly's army occupied almost all Lower and Upper Hungary. The Habsburg rule in Royal Hungary quickly collapsed. The fugitives joined the Thököly Uprising, and officially elected him their leader in Szoboszló in January 1680. The Kuruc troops were merged into Thököly's own army. After that the history of the Kurucs wase synonymous with the two great anti-Habsburg uprisings in the Kingdom of Hungary between 1680 and 1711, the Thököly Uprising and the Rákóczi Uprising.



  • It is a real struggle to beat the foot armies with this army and it also struggles against some other mounted armies (Cuirassiers)
  • The Haiduks are clearly to take any terrain that is being an obstacle for my mostly mounted army.
  • A TC for a flank march may be useful

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800 points from Alasdair
  • 4 TC's
  • 2 Units of Armoured Hussars
  • 3 Units of Veteran Hussars (Bow sword)
  • 4 units of 3 dragoons
  • 3 units of hussars (bow sword)
  • 2 units of haiduks



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