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Battle during the Seven Years War, fought near Breslau (modern Wroclow), between Frederick the Great of Prussia and the Austrians, led by Count Leopold von Daun. Frederick began the battle with a feint against the Austrian right. The Austrians moved reinforcements from their left flank, at which point Frederick attacked the Austrian left with his main forces, which was totally destroyed. The Austrian right threatened to turn the battle, having destroyed the weak forces left to face it by Frederick, but he had left some cavalry in reserve, which restored the situation. The Austrians were forced back against the river Oder, where the bridges were unable to cope, leaving 21,000 men to fall into Prussia hands. Only 37,000 of 90,000 Austrian troops returned to Austria, who was forced to abandon Silesia, while only 1,140 Prussians were killed.

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Books on the Seven Years's War
Subject Index: Seven Years' War

JR, 29 October 2000