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

Release Date: November 4, 2006 [eBook #19714]
Language: English
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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 him
Fergus was received by the count, the countess and Thirza with great pleasure
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 unmanageable
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 the battles of ancient Greece, not one in a hundred has any knowledge whatever of the momentous struggle in Germany, or has ever as much as heard the names of the memorable battles of Rossbach, Leuthen, Prague, Zorndorf, Hochkirch, and Torgau. Carlyle's great work has done much to familiarize older readers with the story; but its bulk, its fullness of detail, and still more the peculiarity of Carlyle's diction and style, place it altogether out of the category of books that
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