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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 9:06 p.m. PST

"Rossbach and Leuthen are included in the Great Battles of History. Frederick made himself one of the Great Captains by these victories. Prussian military prowess became legendary. But, the Franco German army swept away at Rossbach, and the Austrian army routed at Leuthen, were not only larger and had a fair share of professional soldiers, but the Austrians had beaten the Prussians not long before. So how were they so humiliated? What made Frederick Great? For more than a century people believed it was because the Prussians were just naturally suited for war. Until 1945 many Germans, and their foes, remembered how Frederick miraculously saved Prussia against overwhelming odds, by marching through the snow towards Leuthen church. As always it was not so simple. The expert on 18th-century armies, Christopher Duffy, shows why French, Austrian and Reichsarmee soldiers, though often enough brave and skilful, marched to defeat, and how Frederick, often unaware of the legend he was creating, won these famous battles. But it is no longer left to myth, but to reliable accounts of hard fighting, quick decisions, and the fate of the soldiers and civilians swept up by the fighting."
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nsolomon9914 Sep 2020 10:58 p.m. PST

Yep, its a great book. Quite short with a narrow focus but Duffy does a superb job of capturing flavour.

John Leahy15 Sep 2020 2:23 a.m. PST

Has this book actually been released yet?



nsolomon9915 Sep 2020 3:56 a.m. PST

John, first edition has been out for many years, this may be a new edition??

dbf167615 Sep 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

Look like a reprint of the old edition. Great book, thought.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 11:52 a.m. PST



Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 6:32 p.m. PST

One of Duffy's best books.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

Thanks also!.


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