We visited both Maxen and Hochkirch today and I want to have two separate threads on each battle to do them justice. We also visited Freiburg but much of the battlefield is covered with suburban sprawl and development, so it is not as interesting as the other sites.
Hochkirch was fought in October 1758 and saw Frederick's army nearly getting captured en masse by the Austrian surprise attack at dawn. The Austrians attacked the Prussian position from four or five different directions in converging columns of attack across a ten mile long front. This new tactic was a complete departure from the traditional style of linear warfare.