1758-11-18 - Combat of Güstow
Description of Events
Eager for revenge on recent setbacks during his operations in Pomerania, the Swedish Commander-in-Chief, general Hamilton, ordered general von Lingen to assault the village of Güstow which was held by the Prussians.
With Dalarnas Infantry and Meijerfelt's grenadiers in the van, the infantry and 2 guns entered the village. The cavalry, one third of the infantry and 2 guns were held in reserve in case of a cavalry attack from the close-by Prussian camp where Manteuffel held his main force.
The two village roads led to the church which was surrounded by a high stonewall. Prussian grenadiers were deployed behind the wall and opened up a murderous fire on the charging Swedes. The infantry reserve was sent forward in support but with no result. Neither the guns nor the desperate Swedish attacks could move the Prussian position. The Swedes were forced to retreat, however in good order, covered by the cavalry.
But soon after, the alarm had been sounded in Manteuffels camp and the Alt-Platen Dragoons together with Ruesch Hussars from the village charged into the Swedish cavalry. Unable to withstand the shock they were overthrown and took refuge behind the infantry. Only canister fire and Swedish infantry volleys could force the Prussian cavalry to withdraw. General von Lingen limped back to Prenzlau with many wounded
Order of Battle
Prussian Order of Battle
- Converged Grenadier Battalion 2/G-II Nesse or Converged Grenadier Battalion 17/22 Kremzow (100 men) under captain Hamilton
- 1 x 6-pdrs gun
- HR 5 Ruesch Black Hussars (400)
- DR8 Alt-Platen (3 sqns)
Swedish Order of Battle
Commander-in-chief: General von Lingen
- Cavalry (500 men) from:
- Infantry (1,100 men) from:
- 4 guns
Original article contributed by User:Traveller
Säwe, Teofron, “Sveriges deltagande i Sjuåriga Kriget Åren 1757-1762”, page 221 ff., Stockholm, 1915
Schantz, G von, ”Försök till en historia öfver det förra Pommerska kriget”, page 50 ff., Stockholm, 1811