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Department
History
Course
HIS103Y1
Professor
Alison Smith
Semester
Fall

Description
Prussian tactics: AD 1740-1745 In almost every battle he fought Frederick fought outnumbered. He demonstrated that smaller forces can defeat larger ones by maintaining superior mobility. He took several measures to assure his forces were more mobile than his adversary's force. He trained his men hard, forcing them to perform taskthe training field that exceeded n maight be expected on the battlefield. One could start with his oblique order which was used to throw strength against weakness while preserving the force. Surely making contact with the minimum force Is at the heart of the squad wedge while finding and attacking the weekest eremy flank must have been uppermost. His introduction of the oblique order was designed tobsst troops against the enemy's weakest flank while the rest of the army was arrayed as an echeloned reserve, prepared to exploit success or cover a retreat. This enabled him to risk the smallest number of forces at the outset of the battle. The successes of Frederick the Great on the battlefield during the early 1740s are achieved with a new degree of mobility in the employment of troops. A Prussian attack is an alarming affair for those c
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