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|Battle of Liegnitz|
|Part of the Third Silesian War (Seven Years' War)|
Prussian infantry attack Austrian cavalry during the battle
|Commanders and leaders|
|Frederick the Great||Ernst von Laudon|
|30,000||25,000 (80,000 reinforcements under von Daun never engaged)|
|Casualties and losses|
3,803 dead and wounded, 4,734 captured, 82 guns
The armies collided around the town of Liegnitz (now Legnica, Poland) in Lower Silesia. Laudon's Austrian cavalry attacked the Prussian position in the early morning but were beaten back by General Zieten's Hussars. An artillery duel emerged which was eventually won for the Prussians when a shell hit an Austrian powder wagon. The Austrian infantry then proceeded to attack the Prussian line, but was met with concentrated artillery fire. A Prussian infantry counter-attack led by the Regiment Anhalt-Bernburg on the left forced the Austrians into retreat. Notably, the Anhalt-Bernburgers charged Austrian cavalry with bayonets, a rare example of infantry assaulting cavalry.
Shortly after dawn the major action was over but Prussian artillery fire continued to harass the Austrians. General Leopold von Daun arrived and, learning of Laudon's defeat, decided not to attack despite his soldiers being fresh.
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- Media related to Battle of Liegnitz (1760) at Wikimedia Commons