SPECIAL CAMPAIGN SERIES: THE CAMPAIGN IN BOHEMIA 1866 (Austro-Prussian War or The Seven Weeks’ War)


Tactical account of the lightning six-week war between Austria and Prussia that led to the decisive Prussian victory at Königgrätz and the end of Austria’s domination of Germany by a Prussian hegemony. This was the first war between two major continental powers in seven years; it used many of the same technologies as the Second Italian War of Independence, including railways to concentrate troops during mobilisation and telegraphs to enhance long-distance communication. The Prussian Army used von Dreyse’s breech-loading needle gun, which could be rapidly loaded while the soldier was seeking cover on the ground, whereas the Austrian muzzle-loading rifles could only be loaded slowly, and generally from a standing position.