The Battle of Rosbach, in Saxony, fought on the 5th of November 1757, between the Prussian Army, commanded by the King, and the combined Army of Imperialists and French, commanded by the Prince of Saxe Hilburghausen and the Prince of Soubise.His Prussian Majesty marched against the comfined Army on the 27th of October, and the two Armies met near the Village of Rosbach, between Mersebury and Freyburg, on the 5th November, The combined Army consisted of 60,000 men and the Pussians were only 25,000. The Prussians gained the rising Grounds, and began the Attack about half an Hour after Two in the Afternoon. The Prussian Cavalry soon entirely routed that of the Enemy whose Infantry was then attacked and defeated by that of the Purssians. The Battle lasted about an Hour and half, and the combined Army fled on all sides before five, The Fugitives were favoured by the Night, which gave them an Opportunity of retiring towards Freyburg, and afterwards over the Unstrut to Erfert, where they were pursued till the 9th The combined Army had 3000 Men killed on the Field of Battle, and upwards of 6000 were taken Prisoners, amoung whom were 8 French generals and 250 Officers of Different Ranks: they also lost 63 Cannon, 15 Standards, 7 Paiof Colours, and 300 Baggage Waggons. The Prussians had only 100 Men killed, and 300 wounded.~Posterity will scarce credit this Victory, whereby Savony was continued in the Possession of his Prussian Majesty, who then marched into Silesia and defeated Prince Charles of Lorrain at Neumark, on the 5th of December, which gave the King the entire Possession of Silesia. References. A The King of Prussia, B the Prussian Army, C The Prussian Cavalry, D Rosbach, E The combined Army of Austrians & French, F Prince of Soubise, G Prince of Saxe Hillurghausen, H The Flight of the French & Austrians.
Engraving 475 x 350mm.
The Battle of Rossbach (November 5, 1757) took place during the Seven Years' War (1756 - 1763) near the village of Rossbach, then in Prussian Saxony. Frederick the Great defeated the allied armies of France and the Holy Roman/Austrian Empire. This battle is considered one of his greatest masterpieces due to his element of complete surprise and destroying an enemy army with negligible casualties.
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