Battle of Warburg

Coordinates: 51°29′50.50″N 9°07′44.23″E / 51.4973611°N 9.1289528°E / 51.4973611; 9.1289528
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Battle of Warburg
Part of the Seven Years' War
Date31 July 1760
Result Allied victory
Province of Hanover Hanover
 Great Britain
Commanders and leaders
Prince Ferdinand Louis de Muy
62,000 (16,000 engaged) 130,000 (20,000 engaged)
Casualties and losses
1,200 dead or wounded 1,500 dead or wounded[1]
1,500 prisoners[2]
12 guns lost

The Battle of Warburg was fought on 31 July 1760 during the Seven Years' War. The battle was a victory for the Hanoverians and the British against a slightly larger French army. The victory meant the Anglo-German allies had successfully defended Westphalia from the French by preventing a crossing of the Diemel River, but were forced to abandon the allied state of Hesse-Kassel to the south. The fortress of Kassel ultimately fell, and would remain in French hands until the final months of the war, when it was finally recaptured by the Anglo-German allies in late 1762.

The British general, John Manners, Marquess of Granby, became famous in the battle for charging at the head of the British cavalry and losing his hat and wig during the charge. The French lost 1500 men, killed and wounded, around 1,500 prisoners and ten pieces of artillery.


  1. ^ Daniel Mackinnon, Origin and services of the Coldstream Guards, London 1883, Vol.1, p. 406. Lieutenant-General F.W.Hamilton, Origin and History of the First or Grenadier Guards, London, 1874, Vol. II. p. 175
  2. ^ Clodfelter, M. (2008). Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Encyclopedia of Casualty and Other Figures, 1492-2007 (3th ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 85.


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