- Battle of Burkersdorf
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Burkersdorf
Seven Years' War
place= Burkersdorf, present-day
combatant2=flagicon|Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Frederick the Great
The Battle of Burkersdorf was a battle fought on
July 21, 1762during the Seven Years' War. A Prussian army of 40,000 men fought an Austrian army of around 30,000 men.
After the death of
Elizabeth of Russia, czarina of Russia, her nephew Peter III came to the throne. Peter was a great admirer of Frederick the Greatand all things Prussian, and Frederick used this to his advantage. Peter promptly withdrew his army from the war, abandoned Russian-occupied East Prussia, and signed a treaty of peace with Frederick. Peter then sent a force to aid the Prussian army in the campaign against the Austrians.
Peter's reign was short-lived, however, as his wife
Catherine the Greatseized the throne, and he died shortly afterwards. Catherine withdrew from the war and sent orders for Count Zakhar Tchernyshovaiding the Prussians to withdraw.
Seeing the necessity of quick action, Frederick convinced the Russian general to stay for a few more days, not to take part in the battle, but to be a force acting on the Austrian general's decisions. Frederick attacked and won, and the Russian force returned home.
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