Zweybrücken in Command

The Reichsarmee in the Campaign of 1758

Neil Cogswell

The Reichsarmee - the ‘Amy of the Empire' made up of contingents from the minor German states - reached the nadir of its fortunes in 1757 with defeat at Rossbach. For the following year's campaigning, it came under the command of Friedrich-Michael, Prince von Pfalz-Zweybrücken, whose initial task was to protect the western borders of the Empire fro
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
13 b/w maps, 11 tables, 6 Order of Battle, 8pp color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911628552
Pages : 134
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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Overview
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The Reichsarmee – the ‘Army of the Empire’ made up of contingents from the minor German states – reached the nadir of its fortunes in 1757 with defeat at Rossbach. For the following year’s campaigning, which included the defense of Bamburg, the action at Basberg, the siege of Sonnenstein, and the combat at Eilenburg, it came under the command of Friedrich-Michael, Prince von Pfalz-Zweybrücken, whose initial task was to protect the western borders of the Empire from invasion from Saxony where Prince Henry of Prussia commanded a sizeable army. Later, as Prussian fortunes began to wane, the liberation of Saxony became a prime objective.

The core of this volume is the ‘Journal of the Army’, translated from the original French and annotated by historian Neil Cogswell. Although the identity of the author of the original journal is unknown, he appears, from his knowledge of events, to have been attached to headquarters, but his writing suggests that he was of junior or even civilian status. As occasion presents itself, the author speaks of the contingents from the Lower Rhine Circle, which included a major part of the Palatinate form which the army’s commander drew his princely title; it is reasonable to suppose that the author came from this circle.

The Journal has the flavor of an official record of the campaign. It contains no personal details and makes no comments on the political and supply problems that disrupted the operations. To complement it are therefore appended the letters of the Comte de Boisgelin, a French officer serving with the Reichsarmee, to his good friend Horace St Paul. Boisgelin’s letters, by contrast, are sparse in terms of military detail but illuminating in terms of gossip, speculation, and personal experience.

To place the combined account in context, over 50 tables and plates are also included, including maps, order of battle, and color depictions of the army’s uniforms and flags.

About The Author
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After completing his education with the Royal Marines, Neil Cogswell joined the Research Department of ICI plc for whom he worked for more than thirty years making contributions in the fields of Polymer Rheology and Thermoplastic Composite Materials. Following retirement, Neil had the opportunity to indulge his interest in history – especially the military history of the 18th century. His translation of the campaign journals of Horace St Paul – published in two volumes by hellion in 2017 – was supplemented by having the privilege of visiting the battlefields and other relevant sites in Austria, Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia in the company of historian Christopher Duffy. Neil has also collaborated in the preparation of an English-language edition of the monumental study by Artur Brabant of the Army of the Empire in the Seven Years War for LTR-Verlag.

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