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Seven Years War [1756-1763]


Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov

Suvorov is considered one of the best military leaders of all time, most probably famous for his crossing of the Alps following Hannibal's model, although without elephants. However, there were more generals in his family, but they did not achieve the success of Alexander Vasilyevich. It is ironic that this man, a stronghold of the tsarist regime and a staunch supporter of the French revolutionary troops, became one of the symbols and traditional legendary strongholds of the Soviet army.

Battle of Cologne in the context of the Prussian-Austrian wars in the mid-18th century

The battle took place during the so-called Seven Years' War, near the village of Křečhoř, but it went down in history as the Battle of Kolín. Although it has not been able to decide the outcome of the whole conflict, its significance is indisputable. This was the first heavy blow to the expansionist policies of Frederick II. Prussian and at the same time marked a turning point in the Prussian-Austrian war, in which Austria had been pulling for a shorter end. In addition, it has been shown here more than anywhere else that the decisive factor may not only be many years of experience, but above all the personal courage and heroism of individual soldiers, although "they would not have grown their mustache yet" ....

Battle of Kolin on June 18, 1757

The Prussian-Austrian conflict, known as the Wars of the Silesian Legacy, which took place during the Seven Years' War, did not develop very well for the Habsburg Empire. In the battle of Lovosice on October 1, 1756 and then at Štěrboholy on May 6, 1757, the Austrians were defeated and the Prussians besieged Prague. Over the next few days, they began shelling her with heavy artillery. To help besieged Prague, an army led by Count Leopold Daun pulled out of Moravia and the Prussians, led by King Bedřich (Friedrich) II, set out to meet him. The troops met near Cologne.

Battle of Prague (Štěrboholy) in 1757

Clash of Prussian and Austrian troops during the Seven Years' War, in which 120,000 soldiers faced each other. The Battle of Prague was one of the bloodiest encounters of its time, the first and probably the only battle in history in which two marshals fell.

Large Prussian transport

The year 1758 in the Habsburg monarchy was marked by the unsuccessful attempt of Friedrich II. to conquer Olomouc. The siege lasted longer than the King of Prussia had originally intended, so he had to send 4,000 wagons with supplies. An Austrian military theorist later wrote about this: "It seemed almost as if the entire Prussian carriage was being taken to the Austrian state to wage a defensive war for its own existence and non-existence."

The triumphs of the new Russian fleet – the acquisition of the Crimea

King of Prussia - philosopher Frederick the Great, aka "Old Fric", sometime around the middle of the 18th century, considered Russian troops to be mere hordes of barbarians. It was, however, before his great army experienced the bitterness of defeats inflicted on it by regiments of Russian "barbarians" in the battles of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), and Cossack horses were fed water from the Spree. But how it all happened, we can tell some other time. Our talk today is about how the envoys of the Western powers in Russia deceived their breadwinners and how the Russian fleet became lord of the Black Sea.





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