Frederick the Great, His Court and Times Volume 2

Frederick the Great, His Court and Times Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...The Austrians now conceived that the lion was in their toils, and that the moment had arrived for striking a decisive blow; but, not deeming themselves strong enough with their own treble number to crush their formidable foe, they applied to the sulky Soltikof for a reinforcement. " The sack is opened for the Prussians," said they; " let us drive them into it, and tie it up." Frederick was informed of this expression, and observed at table: " They are not far wrong; but I think to make a hole in their sack, which they shall have some trouble to mend." Soltikof was actually induced by Daun's representations to send Czernitschef with 24,000 men across the Oder on the 13th of August. From this circumstance, as well as from the appearance of Daun and his generals on the 14th upon the hills, whence they carefully reconnoitred the position of the Prussians, the king concluded that they contemplated a surprise. He therefore made immediate dispositions for crossing the Schwarzwasser, and occupying the heights of PfafFendorf. He purposed to break up in the night, and, that the enemy might not be aware of his departure, he intended to have the watch-fires kept up in the deserted camp, and to employ peasants to repeat to one another the usual call of the patroles. The accuracy of Frederick's conjectures was more than sufficiently confirmed during the day. At four in the afternoon, an Austrian officer was brought in quite drunk, and crying incessantly that he had a great secret to tell. Cold water and emetics were employed to sober him the sooner; he was then taken to the king, and informed him that the Prussian army was to be attacked next day by Daun in the right flank, and by Lascy in the rear. As for Loudon, he knew nothing...
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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565479
  • 9781236565471