Battle of Leuthen

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The Battle of Leuthen occurred outside Liegnitz (in the principality of that name) in Silesia. King Frederick The Great with 33,000 Prussians defeated 90,000 Austrians under Prince Charles of Lorraine in 1757. One the evening of the same day Frederick surprised a number of Austrian officers in the nearby chateau of Lissa, with the enquiry "Good evening, gentleman! Any room for me here?"

Frederick went on to win another major battle over the Austrian Marshal Loudon in 1760 which was later commemorated by a column erected on a hill above the Katzbach river beyond Liegnitz.


  • Baedeker, Karl, Northern Germany, Leipzig and London, 1904, p.184.