5 November

The Battle of Rossbach took place on this day in 1757 during the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) near the village of Roßbach, in the Electorate of Saxony.

Prussian Frederick the Great (Army 22,000 men and 79 guns) defeated an allied army mainly composed of French forces supported by a Holy Roman/Austrian Empire contingent (Army 42,000 men and 45 guns). This battle is considered one of his greatest masterpieces due to his use of rapid movement to achieve complete surprise, crippling an enemy army while suffering negligible casualties.

Casualties: Prussians = 500+   Allies (French/Austrian) = 10,000

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