dinsdag 25 augustus 2009
Campaign Bohemia 1757
In April of 1757, Frederick launched a four pronged invasion of Bohemia. In a sense, this was a preemptive strike as Browne oversaw the assembly of troops and the gathering of supplies for the Austrian “liberation” of Saxony. Our campaign will focuses on the smaller conflicts between the Prussian and Austrian forces at the opening of the Bohemian campaign in April 1757 to its close at the end of June.
In a brief 13 weeks, Frederick had surprised the Austrians with four columns spread over 113 mile front to skillfully converge on Prague twelve days later. Following the disastrous battle outside the city, Charles withdrew inside Prague’s walls with 46,000 troops and Frederick settled down for a siege. A Prussian screening force alerted Frederick of a relief force under Daun. Gathering sufficient strength, Frederick seized the initiative to intercept Daun’s force 50 km away on the road to Vienna. The ensuing battle was not only Frederick’s first set back, but meant the siege of Prague was no longer tenable.
Less than two weeks later, the Prussians were back in Saxony and on the defense.