Battle of Liegnitz (1760)


Battle of Liegnitz (1760)

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Liegnitz
colour_scheme=background:#cccccc


caption=
partof=the Seven Years' War
place= Liegnitz, Prussian Silesia, present-day Poland
date=1760-08-15
result=Prussian Victory
combatant1=flagicon|Prussia|1750 Prussia
combatant2=flagicon|Holy Roman EmpireAustria
commander1=Frederick the Great
commander2=Ernst von Laudon
strength1=30,000
strength2=25,000 (80,000 reinforcements under von Daun never engaged)
casualties1=
casualties2=|

The Battle of Liegnitz on August 15, 1760 saw Frederick the Great's Prussian Army defeat the Austrian army under Ernst von Laudon.

The armies collided around the Prussian Silesian city of Liegnitz (Legnica). Loudon's Austrian cavalry attacked the Prussian position in the early morning but were beaten back by General Zieten's Hussars. An artillery duel emerged which was eventually won for the Prussians when a grenade hit an Austrian powder wagon. The Austrian infantry then proceeded to attack the Prussian line, but was met with concentrated artillery fire. A Prussian infantry counter-attack led by the Regiment Anhalt-Bernburg on the left forced the Austrians into retreat.

Shortly after dawn the major action is over but Prussian artillery fire continued to harass the Austrians. General Leopold von Daun arrived and learning of Laudon's defeat, decided not to attack despite his soldiers being fresh.

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