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Keith's Wargaming Blog by Keith Flint, a blog dealing with various periods of wargaming with a special focus on the Seven Years' War (a project that he had undertaken in 2008). Keith's "new toys" as he calls them are beautifully illustrated in one of his recent articles. His articles by the way are always a good read.
The Seven Years War in a few words
Frederick II of Prussia in 1763 - Source: Wikimedia Commons
Frederick II of Prussia in 1763 - Source: Wikimedia Commons

In 1756, more than 250 years ago, the major powers of Europe became entangled in a conflict now known as the Seven Years War that was to last until 1763. It involved all the major powers of Europe, with Austria, France, Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and later Spain siding against the alliance of Great Britain, Hanover, Prussia, and later Portugal.

The war had in fact started in 1755 in North America and India where France and Great Britain were struggling for colonial supremacy. In Europe, Maria Theresa of Austria had undertaken intense diplomatic efforts to forge an alliance against Prussia with the goal of wresting the lost province of Silesia from the Prussian grasp.

Frederick II of Prussia invaded Saxony in 1756 and Bohemia in 1757. However, he had to abandon Bohemia after the defeat of Kolin. Prussians were now on the defensive against Austrians in Silesia, Franco-Imperials in Saxony and Russians in East Prussia. Frederick II saved Prussia by two brilliant victories at Rossbach and Leuthen. Meanwhile France had successfully invaded Hanover but was soon pushed back to the Rhine.

In North America, the first years of the conflict turned to the advantage of France. In Asia, Bengal was virtually under British rule by the end of 1757.

From 1758, Prussia managed to contain its enemies on all fronts. In 1762, it was on the verge of being defeated when the Tsarina died leaving the throne to Peter III, who held Frederick II in high esteem. Consequently, the new Tsar sided with Prussia.

Meanwhile, year after year, the struggle between France and the Anglo-Hanoverians in Western Germany remained inconclusive. By the end of each campaign the belligerents were basically back to their initial positions.

In America, Africa and Asia, the tide turned in 1758. Great Britain had successfully conquered Senegal (1758), Guadeloupe (1759), Canada (1759-60), Dominica (1761), Martinique (1762) and Cuba (1762).

In 1762, a new front opened in the Iberian Peninsula where a Franco-Spanish army vainly attempted the conquest of Portugal.

Early in 1763, all belligerents made peace, leaving the political map of Europe almost unchanged. However, Great Britain had eliminated its most important competitor for the domination of the world, and Prussia had survived the war, a feat all by itself... (more...)

Annual Funding Campaign

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Project Status

Warning: Before using our plates as reference to paint figurines or to reconstruct uniforms or colours, please read our disclaimer.

The Seven Years' War Project now numbers 2,415 articles and 3,819 images.

Image of the week: Swedish Gula Hussar - Copyright Franco Saudelli and Dr Marco Pagan
Image of the week: Swedish Gula Hussar - Copyright Franco Saudelli and Dr Marco Pagan

We are currently going through the documentation on the campaign of Bohemia (1757) in the second volume of the Neues Generalstabswerk. We plan a major overhaul of everything related to this campaign in early 2015.

From December 8 to 14, we have created/improved the following articles:

We have also published new images (for more details see Recent Changes):

  • 1 contemporary portrait
  • 2 plates by Franco Saudelli

(see News Archives...)

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