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