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Prussian Life Guards at the Battle of Kollin in 1757. Attacking a superior force of around 50,000 Austrians with 32,000 Prussian soldiers, Frederick the Great was routed. This marked his first defeat in the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763). However, the actions of the First Guard battalion, depicted above, prevented the battle from becoming a total disaster by fiercely covering the Prussian retreat. Prussian casualties totaled around 14,000 to the Austrians’ 8,000.

Prussian Life Guards at the Battle of Kollin in 1757. Attacking a superior force of around 50,000 Austrians with 32,000 Prussian soldiers, Frederick the Great was routed. This marked his first defeat in the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763). However, the actions of the First Guard battalion, depicted above, prevented the battle from becoming a total disaster by fiercely covering the Prussian retreat. Prussian casualties totaled around 14,000 to the Austrians’ 8,000.

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