Battle of Lutterberg (1758)

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Battle of Lutterberg
Part of the Seven Years' War
Bataille de Luternberg.jpg
Date 10 October 1758
Location Lutterberg (present-day Lower Saxony)
Result French victory
Belligerents
Province of Hanover Hanover
 Great Britain
 France
Commanders and leaders
Christoph von Oberg Kingdom of France Charles, Prince of Soubise
Strength
14,000 42,000
Casualties and losses
3000 to 4000 dead or wounded
800 captured
600 dead or wounded;
For the 1762 battle, see Battle of Lutterberg (1762).
The Prince of Soubise, with his earned Marshal’s baton

The Battle of Lutterberg took place on 10 October 1758 during the Seven Years' War between a French force of 42,000 commanded by Charles, Prince of Soubise and a much smaller Anglo-German force commanded by General Christoph Ludwig von Oberg.

The two armies clashed near the town of Lutterberg, Lower Saxony. The 14,000 mostly Prussian Allied troops, were overwhelmed by several charges of French cavalry and were forced to withdraw.[1] Despite having won a decisive victory, Soubise was slow to pursue the retreating enemy - causing his superiors in Paris to replace him with the Marquis de Contades.[2]

Soubise earned a Marshal’s baton for this victory. François de Chevert was decorated with the Grand Croix for his contributions in the battle.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Duffy, Christopher. The Military Experience in the Age of Reason. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.
  • Jacques, Tony. The Dictionary of Battles and Sieges, F-O. Greenwood Press, 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duffy p.116-17
  2. ^ Jacques p.610

Coordinates: 51°21′00″N 9°35′59″E / 51.3500°N 9.5997°E / 51.3500; 9.5997