Battle of Rossbach

Local nameDenkmal Schlacht bei Roßbach
LocationWeißenfels, Germany

The Battle of Rossbach took place on 5 November 1757 during the Third Silesian War near the village of Rossbach, in the Electorate of Saxony. It is sometimes called the Battle of, or at, Reichardtswerben, after a different nearby town. In this 90-minute battle, Frederick the Great, king of Prussia, defeated an Allied army composed of French forces augmented by a contingent of the Reichsarmee of the Holy Roman Empire. The French and Imperial army included almost 42,000 men, opposing a considerably smaller Prussian force of 22,000. Despite overwhelming odds, Frederick employed rapid movement, a flanking maneuver and oblique order to achieve complete surprise.

The Battle of Rossbach marked a turning point in the Seven Years' War, not only for its stunning Prussian victory, but because France refused to send troops against Prussia again and Britain, noting Prussia's military success, increased its financial support for Frederick.

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Address 27 Ernst-Thälmann-Straße, Reichardtswerben 06667, Germany

Coordinates 51°15'1.185" N 11°57'35.385" E

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