Synopses & Reviews
Osprey's examination of the highly devastating battle of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). In May of 1757 Frederick the Great invaded Bohemia, smashed an Austrian army outside Prague and bottled it up in the city. The Empress Maria Theresa despatched Marshal Daun with 60,000 men to save the Empire's second city. Frederick had won a string of victories over the Austrians and was convinced his men would always triumph. Although outnumbered he attacked, but the Austrians were waiting. His army was defeated and forced to withdraw. As his veterans commented, 'they were not the same old Austrians at all'. Simon Millar shows how Frederick's overconfidence proved his undoing at Kolin.
About the Author
Simon Millar went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1977, was commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers and in 1984 transferred to the Irish Guards. He retired as a Major in 1994. He has always had an interest in military history and is widely read, with a particular interest in the Seven Years War, the Peninsular War and the African and Italian campaigns of World War II.