With Frederick the Great

G. A. Henty
With Frederick the Great, by G.
A. Henty,

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Title: With Frederick the Great A Story of the Seven Years' War
Author: G. A. Henty

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A Story of the Seven Years' War
Illustrated by Wal Paget

Chapter 1
: King and Marshal.
Chapter 2
: Joining.
Chapter 3
: The Outbreak Of War.
Chapter 4
: Promotion.

Chapter 5
: Lobositz.
Chapter 6
: A Prisoner.
Chapter 7
: Flight.
Chapter 8
: Prague.
Chapter 9
: In Disguise.
Chapter 10
: Rossbach.
Chapter 11
: Leuthen.
Chapter 12
: Another Step.
Chapter 13
: Hochkirch.
Chapter 14

: Breaking Prison.
Chapter 15
: Escaped.
Chapter 16
: At Minden.
Chapter 17
: Unexpected News.
Chapter 18
: Engaged.
Chapter 19
: Liegnitz.
Chapter 20
: Torgau.
Chapter 21
: Home.
The king walked round Fergus as if he were examining a lay figure
Two of the newcomers fired hastily--and both missed
Not a blow was struck, horse and rider went down before them

As the man was placing his supper on the table, Fergus sprang upon
Fergus was received by the count, the countess and Thirza with great
As Fergus was sallying out, a mounted officer dashed by at a gallop
The roar of battle was so tremendous that his horse was well-nigh
Before he could extricate himself, Fergus was surrounded by Austrians
"Why, Karl!" Fergus exclaimed, "where do you spring from--when did
you arrive?"
Lord Sackville stood without speaking, while the surgeon bandaged up
his arm
"Take her, Drummond, you have won your bride fairly and well"
"As Fergus fell from his horse, Karl, who was riding behind him, leapt
from his saddle"
Map showing battlefields of the Seven Years' War Battle of Lobositz
Battle of Prague Battle of Leuthen Battle of Zorndorf Battle of
Hochkirch Battle of Torgau

[Map: Map showing battlefields of the Seven Years' War]
Among the great wars of history there are few, if any, instances of so
long and successfully sustained a struggle, against enormous odds, as
that of the Seven Years' War, maintained by Prussia--then a small and

comparatively insignificant kingdom--against Russia, Austria, and
France simultaneously, who were aided also by the forces of most of
the minor principalities of Germany. The population of Prussia was not
more than five millions, while that of the Allies considerably exceeded
a hundred millions. Prussia could put, with the greatest efforts, but a
hundred and fifty thousand men into the field, and as these were
exhausted she had but small reserves to draw upon; while the Allies
could, with comparatively little difficulty, put five hundred thousand
men into the field, and replenish them as there was occasion. That the
struggle was successfully carried on, for seven years, was due chiefly to
the military genius of the king; to his indomitable perseverance; and to
a resolution that no disaster could shake, no situation, although
apparently hopeless, appall. Something was due also, at the
commencement of the war, to the splendid discipline of the Prussian
army at that time; but as comparatively few of those who fought at
Lobositz could have stood in the ranks at Torgau, the quickness of the
Prussian people to acquire military discipline must have been great; and
this was aided by the perfect confidence they felt in their king, and the
enthusiasm with which he inspired them.
Although it was not, nominally, a war for religion, the consequences
were as great and important as those which arose from the Thirty Years'
War. Had Prussia been crushed and divided, Protestantism would have
disappeared in Germany, and the whole course of subsequent events
would have been changed. The war was scarcely less important to
Britain than to Prussia. Our close connection with Hanover brought us
into the fray; and the weakening of France, by her efforts against
Prussia, enabled us to wrest Canada from her, to crush her rising power
in India, and to obtain that absolute supremacy at sea that we have
never, since, lost. And yet, while every school boy knows of
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