Battle of Abelsbach, 1762

Austrian center positions, looking toward Prussian right.   Background At the opening of the Prussian campaign in Silesia at the beginning of July, the Austrian General Brentano could count only on part of his corps. Indeed, 2 battalions of Loudon grenadiers, 1 grenzers battalion and Nádasdy Hussars had been sent to Burkersdorf (present-day Burkatów). On July 3 at 11:00 Read More…

Battle of Spie, 1761

Background After escaping from the encircled fortress of Colberg (actual Kołobrzeg) at the beginning of November 1761, prince Eugen von Württemberg made a junction at Greiffenberg (actual Gryfice) with a corps under lieutenant-general Platen on November 16. At the end of November, the prince of Württemberg resolved to make a last attempt to force the Read More…

Battle of Palzig (1759)

Background At the end of April 1759, a large Russian army (about 70,000 men) started its advance on Brandenburg. Dohna, the commander of the small Prussian army (18,000) in this area, was very slow to react. At the beginning of June, the Russian army, now under general Piotr Semionovitch Saltykov, had managed to concentrate at Read More…

Battle of Soor (1745)

Background The Battle of Soor (30 September 1745) was a battle between Frederick the Great’s Prussian army and an Austro-Saxon army led by Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine during the War of the Austrian Succession. The battle occurred in the vicinity of Soor, also known as Hajnice, in the modern day Czech Republic. The battle Read More…

Battle of Chotusitz (1742)

Background The Battle of Chotusitz, or Chotusice, sometimes called the Battle of Czaslau, was fought on May 17, 1742, in Bohemia between the Austrians under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine and the Prussians under Frederick the Great. The battle was a part of the War of the Austrian Succession sometimes referred to as the First Read More…

Combat at Moys (1757)

Prelude to the Battle In September 1757, an Austrian army, under Prince Charles of Lorraine, was following up Bevern’s Prussian army in its retreat towards Silesia. On Tuesday September 6, Prince Charles de Lorraine finally decided to attack the corps of General Winterfeldt at Moys, since it was almost isolated from Bevern’s Army, on the Read More…

Combat of Reichenberg (1757)

Prelude to the Battle In the Spring of 1757, during the general advance of the Prussian columns on Prague, General Königsegg attempted to defeat Bevern’s column at it crossed the Neisse (present-day Lužická Nisa River). On Wednesday April 20, Königsegg chose an excellent position at or round Reichenberg (present-day Liberec), one march from Zittau and Read More…

Second Battle of Landeshut (1760)

Background For 1760, the Prussian Lieutenant-General Heinrich August de la Motte Fouqué, at the head of approximately 13,000 men, was assigned to the defence of the Silesian frontier. He had his headquarters at Landeshut (present-day Kamienna Góra). On the Austrian side,Feldzeugmeister Ernst Gideon Baron Loudon was stationed on the Moravian border with 32,000 men. Around Read More…

Battle of Lobositz (1756)

Background When Frederick II of Prussia suddenly launched the invasion of Saxony at the end of August 1756, Austria was totally unprepared to oppose him. While the remaining of the Saxon Army were blockaded in the Pirna Country, Field-Marshal Browne hurriedly assembled a relief army at Prague. By the end of September, he had begun Read More…

Battle of Hohenfriedburg 1745

Background The Battle of Hohenfriedberg was one of Frederick the Great’s most admired victories. Frederick’s Prussian army decisively defeated an Austrian army under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine on 4 June 1745 during the War of the Austrian Succession. The first Prussian objective was two hills in front of the Saxon lines. The Saxon army had Read More…