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By Otto Von Pivka, Gerry Embleton

On 14 October 1808, Napoleon persuaded Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig of Oldenburg to affix the Confederation of the Rhine by way of the Treaty of Erfurt – the army contingent to be maintained by means of the duchy used to be set at an infantry battalion of 800 males in six businesses. equally, Friedrich August, Herzog of Nassau, was once charged, below the phrases of the treaty with co-ordinating and establishing the army efforts of all of the tiny states of its neighbours. during this great addition to Osprey's Men-at-Arms sequence, Otto Von Pivka info the crusade heritage and uniforms of Napoleon's Nassau and Oldenburg allied troops.

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Meanwhile the impudent Colonel Roth had got into the habit of kidnapping the pro-Prussian nobility who lived within range of his raids from Neisse, and he spirited his captives away to his friend General Maximilian von Browne, who hovered in the Moravian hills with a screen of Austrian troops. These activities went unchecked by the Prussian hussars, who were still but a pale imitation of the genuine Hungarian originals in the Austrian service. The Prussian inferiority in der kleine Krieg of ambush and surprise was brought home directly to Frederick when he was nearly captured by a party of Austrian hussars at Baumgarten on 27 February.

He was said to have been left without any education whatsoever, as an experiment on the part of his father, and he emerged into adulthood as an almost complete Naturmensch. It is easy to see why contemporaries believed that he was totally illiterate, whereas he probably just gave the appearance of being so. Frederick, at any rate, found 35 THE SILESIAN WARS, 1740-5 that he could comprehend letters that were written in simple language and short sentences. Moritz and the others came to Frederick as a legacy from the Old Dessauer.

How well founded and how complete were these arguments? The statement concerning Prussian rights never carried much weight, since the Hohenzollern claims had extended at most to only about one-fifth of Silesia, and were in any case much less firmly based than those to Berg or Herstal. The advantage of this acquisition was, however, very evident. Directly, the duchy of Silesia offered Frederick the prize of a territory of 14,000 square miles immediately adjacent to the Brandenburg heartland, with busy centres of trade, a well-established linen industry, and a population of 1,500,000, many of them Protestant Germans.

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