The Battle of Koniggratz: Prussia's Victory Over Austria, 1866

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Feb 7, 2003 - History - 211 pages
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Königgrätz, a city overlooking the river Elbe, was a western strongpoint of the Austrian Empire. On the morning of July 3, 1866, Prussia attacked the city against high odds and defeated the Austrian army in a single day, despite the Austrian advantage in heavy artillery and command of the high ground. The fall of Königgrätz transferred power over the German states from Austria to Prussia, marking the beginning of the German nation, a political consequence considered to be among the most important of any conflict in modern history.

The battle for the city of Königgrätz—now called Hradec Králové, located in the Czech Republic—was the largest of its time, with nearly half a million troops involved. It was also the first battle where the outcome was directly determined by the availability of new technologies, including the railroad, telegraph, cast steel rifled cannon, and breech-loading rifle. It also marked a lesson in the fallacy of dependence on technology at the expense of sound strategy.

In this full account, distinguished historian Gordon A. Craig discusses the state of political affairs surrounding the battle, the personalities involved, the weaponry, and the tactics in order to recreate the battlefield in all its complexity.

  

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Originally written in 1964, this is an excellent example of how to write military history. It's all here...who, what, where, when and how. I have read several books by Gordon A Craig and they are all ... Read full review

Contents

THE OPPOSING FORCES
1
THE PRELIMINARIES
26
THE CAMPAIGN IN BOHEMIA The First Encounters
43
THE CAMPAIGN IN BOHEMIA The Eve of Battle
71
THE BATTLE The Fight Along the Bistritz
87
THE BATTLE The Advance of the Prussian Second Army
113
THE BATTLE The Stricken Field
139
THE AFTERMATH
165
NOTES
183
BIBLIOGRAPHY
201
INDEX
205
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About the author (2003)

Gordon A. Craig is J. E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on German and European history, including The Germans, The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640-1945, and The Diplomats, 1919-1939.

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