1761 - Allied campaign in Hesse

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The campaign lasted from February to March 1761

Description of Events

This article rapidly, which was rapidly becoming quite large, has been split into two distinct articles:

  1. Winter-quarters and Allied surprise attack (January 1 to March 7, 1761) describing the general situation at the beginning of the year and the Allied offensive who cleared Hessen from French troops.
  2. French counter-offensive (March 8 to April 1, 1761) describing the arrival of French reinforcements from the Lower-Rhine, the French counter-offensive, the combat of Grünberg, the relief of Kassel and the Allied retreat.

N.B.: the rest of the campaign of 1761 in West Germany is described in our article 1761 - French campaign in West Germany.

References

This article is essentially a compilation of texts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Carlyle, T.; History of Friedrich II of Prussia, Vol. 20
  • Fortescue, J. W.; A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899, pp. 522-524
  • Hotham (probably), The operations of the Allied Amy under the command of his Serene Highness Prince Ferdinand Duke of Brunswic and Luneberg beginning in the year 1757 and ending in the year 1762, London: T. Jefferies, 1764, pp. 185-203
  • Jomini, Henri, Traité des grandes opérations militaires, 2ème édition, 4ème partie, Magimel, Paris: 1811, pp. 2-78
  • Pajol, Charles P. V., Les Guerres sous Louis XV, vol. V, Paris, 1891, pp. 125-168