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Battle of Leuthen, 1757

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Frederick the Great versus Charles of Lorraine: An Austrian army under Charles thinks a Prussian army under Frederick has fled after seeing their superior numbers and position. Where has Frederick actually lead his army and how will Charles counter? Click on images below to view; first image opens video presentation and second image opens PowerPoint presentation. | Legend |
 
 
Rossbach will always be more vital to Prussian survival because it took place first but Leuthen is an excellent following act in the first year of campaigning of the Seven Years War.
 
It can be argued that this battle is not a true masterpiece because Frederick suffered more casualties than his small army was able to take. This argument is based too much on the casualty percentage figures and too little on the events of the battle itself. Frederick achieved complete surprise by feinting an attack on one side of the Austrian line, appearing to retreat and then smashing the other side of the Austrian line. While this maneuver was decisive in its effect, the ferocity of the battle after this point, attests to the odds Frederick had to overcome to defeat Charles’ army.
 
 
This was only the third animation I completed and required the most time of any. After animating two relatively simple ancient battles, I aimed to animate something more advanced and Leuthen was it. It was even more difficult because certain effects I now use with ease were still being developed. Sometimes I think I animated the wrong Frederick battles because I have received consistent requests to animate Rossbach, the similar but more convincing masterpiece.
 
- Jonathan Webb
 
Works Consulted
 
Goodenough, Simon. Tactical Genius in Battle. Oxford: Phodian Press, 1979.
 
Livesey, Anthony. Great Commanders and Their Battles. New York: Macmillian Publishing, 1987.
 
Images

Austrian artillery: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20483/20483-h/20483-h.htm
 
Austrian cavalry: http://www.themodelcatalogue.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ethemodelcatalogue%2ecom%2facatalog%2fRevell_Military_
Figures_1_72%2ehtml&WD=prussian&SHOP=%20&PN=Revell_Military_Figures_1_72%2ehtml
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Austrian infantry: http://www.hobbies-plus.co.uk/acatalog/Revell___Figures___Combination_Sets.html
 
Charles of Lorraine: http://www.answers.com/topic/prince-charles-alexander-of-lorraine
 
Frederick the Great: http://ualr.edu/sbhunziker/Germany1/Lectures/Lecture18.html
 
Prussian artillery: http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/Prussian_artillery_Napoleon.htm
 
Prussian cavalry: http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/Heilsberg_battle.htm
 
Prussian infantry: http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/Prussian_army.htm
 

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  1. 11 Comments to “Battle of Leuthen, 1757”

  2. Amazing animated map!

    By David on May 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

  3. Thank you David!

    By Jonathan Webb on May 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  4. Frederick the Great’s tactical masterpiece…and you did it great justice (without even deploying “zig”;)!
    Well done, Sir!

    By RDH on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

  5. Great animation! What other battles have you animated? I wish to see more.. You simply did a pretty good job.

    By Donnis on Jun 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

  6. Thank you everyone. Donnis, I can’t even begin the list the battles I’ve animated because there’s over 40 animations from 490 BC to 1944 on this site

    By Jonathan Webb on Jun 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  7. Wow wee! This helped me a lot in my reaserch of The Battle Of Leuthen. Thanks! Your truely an awesome animator & writer!

    By Silver Soarwing on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  8. Nicely done.
    I’m going to look for more of these….

    someone needs to use Empire TW and do this….

    By cjsiam on Dec 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  9. @cjsiam
    I just did and really awesome when you are outbumbered ;-) . Although you will get high casualties if on an open field unlike in Leuthen where there are hills to cover your approach.

    By djC on May 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  10. Thanks for the animation and don’t forget the Battle of Rossbach;)

    By erbayk on Jul 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

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