Lützen 1632: Climax of the Thirty Years War
The Thirty Years War, a religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants, raged across Europe between 1618 and 1648, devastating huge areas of Germany. By 1632 the Protestant powers were in a desperate situation until King Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden, 'the Lion of the North', came to their rescue. This book describes how, having smashed one of the two main Catholic armies, he faced the other at Lützen near Leipzig in November 1632. In a nightmare battle fought in thick fog, his Swedish troops locked horns with the Imperial army. It was a bloody clash, in which Gustavus himself demonstrated true courage at the head of his cavalry - and one for which he would pay the ultimate price.
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12 coys 15 November 16 November advance Albrecht Alte Feste armour artillery assault attack baggage BATTLE OF LUTZEN battle order battlefield Bemhard's Blue Brigade Bohemia Brandenstein Breitenfeld Breuner camp campaign casualties cavalry cavalry regiment centre Colloredo colonel colours Comargo's commanded musketeers Croats cuirassiers deployed ditch battery dragoons Duke Bernhard Duke Wilhelm's Emst enemy field fight fire Flossgraben front line Generalmajor Generalwachtmeister Georg German Graf Graham Turner Gustav Adolf Gustavus Adolphus Hagen harquebusier Hessians Hofkirchen Holk Holk's Horse Regt horsemen Imperial army Imperial right Imperialists infantry infantry brigades infantry regiment Johann King's Knyphausen left wing Leipzig Leipzig road Liitzen lmperial musketeers Naumburg Nils Brahe Nuremberg Oberst oberstleutnant Obstlt officers Pappenheim Pappenheim's infantry Piccolomini Protestant raised rear regimental cannon regimental guns Reinach Rippach Saxon Smaland soldiers squadrons Stalhandske Stockholm Swedes Swedish Army Swedish brigade Swedish King Swedish right wing Torgau town Trcka troops Wallenstein Weissenfels Wilhelm windmills wounded Yellow Brigade