Battle of Konzer Brücke

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Battle of Konzer Brücke
Part of the Franco-Dutch War
Date 11 August 1675
Location Konz, near Trier (present-day Germany)
Result Imperial victory
Belligerents
 Kingdom of France  Holy Roman Empire
Commanders and leaders
François de Créquy Charles, Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Otto Caretto de Grana
Strength
15,000 men 16,000 men
Casualties and losses
2,000-6,000 killed, 1,600 wounded, 500-3,000 captured, 11 guns and 200 wagons 1,000 killed

The Battle of Konzer Brücke (also: Consaarbrück) was fought as part of the Franco-Dutch War on 11 August 1675 and resulted in an Imperial victory.

Prelude[edit]

In 1675 Montecuccoli and Turenne had been manoeuvering between Philippsburg and Strassburg for an advantage, each seeking to cover his own country and to live upon that of the enemy. At last Turenne prevailed and had the Imperialists at a disadvantage on the Sasbach, where, in opening the action, he was killed by a cannon-shot (27 July).

Devastated by the loss of their commander, the French hastily surrendered all their advantages, and Montecucculi sharply following up their retreat, and drove them over the Rhine and almost to the Vosges.

At the same time the Imperial forces under Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine were besieging Trier, which Turenne had taken in the autumn of 1673.

The battle[edit]

Créquy was sent with 15,000 men and 11 guns to relieve the city. They were stopped at the bridge over the Saar River at Konz.

The Imperialists sent a force under Ottone Enrico Del Carretto, marquis of Grana, to occupy what is today known as the Grana-heights. Another force crossed the bridge at Konz and a third force crossed the river over a pontoon bridge. They attacked the French camp and an indecisive battle raged for three hours. Then Otto de Grana engaged his right flank on the right moment and the French fled the battlefield, leaving behind all their guns and wagons. The Germans pursued the French over 50 kilometers.

Créquy made his way into Trier to assume command, but was forced to surrender on 9 September.

On the battlefield a Grana-memorial was erected in 1892 under Wilhelm II, not honouring Otto de Grana, but glorifying unified Germany.

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Coordinates: 49°41′38″N 6°33′32″E / 49.694°N 6.559°E / 49.694; 6.559