Today we travelled into Poland to see The Big One: the Battle of Leuthen fought on December 5, 1757 as well as Hohenfriedberg, fought in October 1745. Leuthen is Frederick the Great's military masterpiece in which he employed the oblique order tactic to perfection, allowing the 39,000-man Prussian army to defeat the larger Austrian army of 65,000 troops.
Hohenfriedberg was fought in 1745, during the Second Silesian War and is notably for several things: (1) it was the largest battle ever fought in Silesian with over 120,000 total combatants, and (2) it is the battle in which the Prussian Bayreuth Dragoons won everlasting fame with their cavalry charge that routed the Austrian army, capturing 5 cannon, 67 colours, and 2,900 men in a span of only 20 minutes, while losing only 94 men.
Here are some pictures taken at the site of the Battle of Leuthen:
I was last in Leuthen in 1998 and I'm sorry to report that suburban development is starting to envelope the town of Leuthen. There were many new houses built since my last visit and I could see several,blocks of row houses being built just to the north of the town. I dare say that in about ten years the whole battlefield will be lost to the developers as Leuthen has become a bedroom suburb of Wroclaw.