Battle of Leuthen, 1757
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
Goodenough, Simon. Tactical Genius in Battle. Oxford: Phodian Press, 1979.
Livesey, Anthony. Great Commanders and Their Battles. New York: Macmillian Publishing, 1987.
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_
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
Tags: 1700s, artillery, attack in oblique order, Austrians, cavalry, Charles of Lorraine, envelopment of a single flank, feigned retreat, Frederick the Great, Gunpowder Era, infantry, land, modern day Germany, Prussians, Season 1, Seven Years' War, Western Europe
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