Autrians in Rout
Drawing by Menzel

This drawing by Menzel of Austrians fleeing after the Battle of Prague in 1757 shows the sort of scenes which might occur when a normally highly-disciplined army of the Seven Years War-period was defeated in battle. A defeat was costly in terms of the loss of trained soldiers in casualties and deserters (many soldiers would use the confusion after a defeat as an opportunity to desert), also in terms of the loss of guns, horses, wagons and other equipment. For Prussia it became more difficult each year as the war progressed to adequately replace the losses, and the quality of many units declined markedly in the latter part of the war.


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