Battle of Chotusitz, 17 May 1742

Battle during War of the Austrian Succession, at which Frederick II of Prussia defeated an Austrian army led by Charles of Lorraine. Frederick was slightly outnumbered, with 28,000 men as compared to the 30,000 men serving under Charles of Lorraine. The Austrians initially had the best of the fighting, but a large part of their cavalry was pillaging a Prussian camp when Frederick arrived with the Prussian reserve, carrying the day. While Frederick was the victor, casualties were fairly similar, and his cavalry suffered greatly, stopping him from chasing the Austrian army, and negating any advantage from his victory.

Obverse of medal celebrating Prussian victory at Chotusitz, 17 May 1742
Obverse of medal celebrating Prussian victory at Chotusitz, 17 May 1742
Reverse of medal celebrating Prussian victory at Chotusitz, 17 May 1742
Reverse of medal celebrating Prussian victory at Chotusitz, 17 May 1742

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (17 November 2000), Battle of Chotusitz, 17 May 1742, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_chotusitz.html

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