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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2021 8:07 p.m. PST

"Cannons roared and muskets crackled in the darkness below the hill of Rodewitz, but King Frederick the Great of Prussia was in no hurry to move. During this campaign, many a night's sleep had been cut short by noisy predawn attacks by Croatian pandours serving with the Austrian Army. Soldiers encamped near his quarters rushed to take up arms, but he scoffed, "What are you about, lads? It is nothing—only those scoundrels the Croats!" But this time, the firing heralded more than a mere picket-line skirmish. It was not yet dawn, but tens of thousands of Austrian grenadiers, regular infantry, cavalry, and gunners had already smashed the right flank of the Prussian Army at the village of Hochkirch in Saxony. Thousands of Prussian soldiers awoke to the sound of captured guns turned to rake their camps with shot and shell.

One of the greatest military strategists of the 18th century had been taken completely by surprise. The next few hours of the morning of October 14, 1758, would tell whether Frederick the Great's Prussian Army would survive the Battle of Hochkirch.

The Seven Years' War was in its second year. Frederick the Great's Prussian Army held the German lands of Silesia and Saxony. Surrounded by the great empires of France, Austria, and Russia, Frederick deftly parried attacks from vastly greater armies than his own with the limited help of allied German states, and financial aid and some troops from King George II of Great Britain…"
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Sgt Steiner07 Aug 2021 2:00 a.m. PST

Funny enough I had a go at this battle just a couple of days ago

sgtsteiner.blogspot.com/2021/08/hochkirk-1758-field-of-battle-3-game.html

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 2:36 p.m. PST

Thanks!.


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Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2021 3:52 a.m. PST

That looks like an interesting game, Sgt Steiner. I don't know the rules at all (I still use Grant), but the "card initiative" intrigues me enough that I may have a look for them.

Cheers.

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