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Second edition of an extraordinary publication:
For the first time ever in English language
Seven Years War
The decisive events in the Central theatre of war– in Saxony
The Empire at War
Das Heilige Römische Reich Teutscher Nation
in Kampfe mit Friedrich dem Grossen
Alister Sharman, H-Martin Lange and Neil Cogswell
black-and-white reproductions of photographs with depictions of
different views of the battlefield of Maxen and significant buildings
- taken by Artur Brabant and Paul Köhler in about 1911
illustrative black-and-white plates, created by Neil Cogswell
including strategic and tactical maps, views of towns and
of the Battle of Maxen, and statistical data
including Orders of Battle and detailed strength returns.
Artur Brabant was a diligent archival historian who presented his great work on the Army of the Empire with humanity and a sometimes wry humour. Based on that work, LTR-Verlag previously published “1758: The Campaign for the Liberation of Saxony” (ISBN 3-88706-771-1). This translation continues the study of Brabant into the year 1759. Unlike the account for 1758, where the translation dealt only with the military aspects, “1759” encompasses also the diplomatic and political background so that the operations of the Army of the Empire can be seen in more complete perspective.
Most historical studies of the European aspects of the Seven Years War for the year 1759 focus on the two great battles of Kunersdorf and Minden in the Eastern and Western theatres. However, the most decisive action took place in the Central theatre – in Saxony. The capture of Dresden by the Army of the Empire arguably had far greater impact on the future course of the war than either of those two actions in the field.
Volume 1 of this work traces the course of operations through the raids of the Winter and Spring, that culminated in the Prussian invasion of Franconia, to the capture of Dresden by the Army of the Empire in the late Summer.
Volume 2 continues the story as the main Austrian and Prussian armies rush to the Central theatre to attempt to exploit or reverse that event. The campaign now reaches a second climax at Maxen. There have been many accounts of that celebrated battle, but none appears to us to describe the events leading up to that crisis so well as Brabant. This is an account not only of what happened but why.
As well as the two crises – the Capture of Dresden and the Battle of Maxen – these volumes describe a host of smaller actions. These include the Cannonade at Saalfeld, the Fight at the Basberg, the Combat at Asch and the Siege of Torgau. There is also a cameo of the second Battle of Torgau, after Leuthen the most sublime example of the oblique order, and descriptions of the Combats at Korbitz, Pretzsch and near Meissen.
Following 8 pages of introductory material, the text in Volumes 1 and 2 extends 506 pages. To supplement this, a further 57 pages of registers of proper names assist in identifying the people, troops and places named in the text.
In addition, there are numerous portraits and views to supplement the text:
5 full-colour and 5 black-and-white reproductions of portraits of the principal characters,
8 of these being full page.
3 full-colour reproductions of contemporaneous oil-paintings:
- Dresden from the Right Bank of the Elbe, by Bernardo Bellotto, called Canaletto
- The Battle of Maxen, created by Franz Paul Findenigg
- The Capitulation of Finck in front of Daun, created by Hyacinth de la Pegna
14 black-and-white reproductions of photographs,
taken by Artur Brabant and Paul Köhler in about 1911.
They depict different views of the battlefield of Maxen and significant
As a special feature,
Volume 3 of this edition contains 172 illustrative black-and-white plates, created by Neil Cogswell.
These include strategic and tactical maps, views of towns and of the Battle of Maxen, and statistical data including Orders of Battle and detailed strength returns.
These plates are bound separately from the text to facilitate following the narrative on the maps.
Translation and Editorial Notes
Part 1: The States and the Empire during the
Winter of 1758 to 1759
Part 2: The Winter and the Spring Campaigns
Part 3: Franconia
Part 4: The Conquest of Saxony
Part 5: The Struggle for Control
Part 6: The Maxen Campaign
Part 7: The Final Act
Part 8: Registers of Proper Names
List of Plates
Notes on the Plates
Plates 1 to 172
More detailed tables of contents are included at the beginning of each part.
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1759 – The Empire at War
Das Heilige Römische Reich Teutscher Nation im Kampfe mit Friedrich dem Grossen
by Artur Brabant
Volume I /II (bound together):
viii + 563 pages of text with 5 full-colour and 5 black-and-white reproductions of portraits,
3 full-colour reproductions of contemporaneous oil-paintings and 14 black-and-white reproductions of photographs.
Volume III (Illustrative Materials):
11 pages text plus 172 black-and-white plates.
Both books bound in red linen with golden embossed titles, size approx. 7” x 9,5”.
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