Battle of Burkersdorf

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Battle of Burkersdorf
Part of the Seven Years' War
Date 21 July 1762
Location Burkersdorf, present-day Poland
Result Prussian victory
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Commanders and leaders
Frederick the Great
40,000 30,000
Casualties and losses
1600 killed, wounded, or captured 2500 killed, wounded, or captured

The Battle of Burkersdorf was a battle fought on 21 July 1762 during the Seven Years' War. A Prussian army of 40,000 men fought an Austrian army of around 30,000 men.

After the death of Elizabeth of Russia, czarina of Russia, her nephew Peter III came to the throne. Peter was a great admirer of Frederick the Great and all things Prussian, and Frederick used this to his advantage. Peter promptly withdrew his army from the war, abandoned Russian-occupied East Prussia, and signed a treaty of peace with Frederick. Peter then sent a force to aid the Prussian army in the campaign against the Austrians.

Peter's reign was short-lived, however, as his wife Catherine the Great seized the throne, and he died shortly afterwards. Catherine withdrew from the war and sent orders for Count Zakhar Tchernyshov aiding the Prussians to withdraw.

Seeing the necessity of quick action, Frederick convinced the Russian general to stay for a few more days, not to take part in the battle, but to be a force acting on the Austrian general's decisions. Frederick attacked and won, and the Russian force returned home. Catherine's attempts to resume the war against Prussia were in vain, as peace talks were already being initiated at Hubertsberg.


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