Battle of Chotusitz


Battle of Chotusitz

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Chotusitz


caption=
partof=the War of the Austrian Succession
date=May 17, 1742
place=Chotusice, Bohemia
result=Decisive Prussian Victory
combatant1=flagicon|Habsburg Monarchy ["1911 Encyclopedia Britannica", entry National Flags: "The Austrian imperial standard has, on a yellow ground, the black double-headed eagle, on the breast and wings of which are imposed shields bearing the arms of the provinces of the empire . The flag is bordered all round, the border being composed of equal-sided triangles with their apices alternately inwards and outwards, those with their apices pointing inwards being alternately yellow and white, the others alternately scarlet and black ." Also, Whitney Smith, "Flags through the ages and across the world", McGraw-Hill, England, 1975 ISBN 0-07-059093-1, pp.114 - 119, "The imperial banner was a golden yellow cloth...bearing a black eagle...The double-headed eagle was finally established by Sigismund as regent...".] Austria
combatant2=flag|Prussia|1701
commander1=Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine
commander2=Frederick the Great
strength1=23,500
strength2=28,000
casualties1=7,000 dead,
18 guns,
12,000 prisoners
casualties2=7,000 dead,
1,000 prisoners
The Battle of Chotusitz, or Chotusice, was fought on May 17, 1742 between the Austrians under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine and the Prussians under Frederick the Great. The numbers were about equal but the steadiness of the Prussian infantry eventually wore down the Austrians, and they were forced to retreat, leaving behind them 18 guns and 12,000 prisoners. The killed and wounded numbered about 7,000 on each side and the Austrians made 1,000 prisoners. The Prussian cavalry delivered several desperate and unsuccessful charges, and were almost destroyed.

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*Hardbottle's Dictionary of Battles. 1905.


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