70.1 Battle of Königgrätz 1866 - Background

A History of Europe, Key Battles

Sep 23 2022 • 20 mins

Any list of decisive battles of European history would be incomplete without a battle which occurred on 3 July 1866 near the town of Königgrätz, in the north of the today’s Czech Republic.

The victorious allies of the Schleswig War of 1864, the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, soon after fall out with each other and go to war.

Austria faces great challenges - in the centre of Europe and facing in two directions – north and west to Germany, and south and east to a number of various ethnicities in eastern Europe and the Balkans



Music composed by Camille Saint-saens: The Carnival of the Animals - Aquarium and Swan

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