Friday, May 6, 2016

Battle of Prague May 6, 1757






Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Prague fought between Frederick the Greats's Prussians and the Austrian army commanded by (officially) the hapless Prince Charles of Lorraine ( bless him :) ), although von Browne was the actual person running command of the battle until he was mortally wounded.

It was a bad day to be a Prussian general, with the likes of Marshal Schwerin and Lt. General Hautcharmoy biting the dust, while Hans von Winterfeld was severely wounded. A couple of these guys might have come in handy at Kolin a month later.


The death of Schwerin as illustrated by Rochling:






Prince Henry wades into the Rokitnitzerwasser to lead his men out of the boggy fish ponds and into a gap that was about to open in the Austrian battle line.



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