The Battle of Maxen (20 November 1759) was a battle at Maxen, in the Electorate of Saxony during the Third Silesian War (part of the Seven Years' War). It resulted in surrender of a Prussian corps.

Battle of Maxen
Part of the Third Silesian War (Seven Years' War)
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Battle of Maxen
Date21 November 1759
Result Decisive Austrian victory
Capture of the majority of the Prussian forces
Holy Roman Empire Austria Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
Commanders and leaders
Leopold Josef Graf Daun Friedrich August von Finck (POW) Surrendered
32,000 14,000
Casualties and losses
304 dead, 630 wounded 2,000 dead and wounded, 11,741 captured

The Prussian corps of 14,000 men, commanded by Friedrich August von Finck (one of Frederick the Great's generals), was sent to threaten lines of communication between the Austrian army at Dresden and Bohemia. Field Marshal Count Daun attacked and defeated Finck's isolated corps on 20 November 1759 with his army of 40,000 men. The next day (21 November) Finck decided to surrender.


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Coordinates: 50°55′25″N 13°48′10″E / 50.9236°N 13.8028°E / 50.9236; 13.8028