Breitenfeld, Battle of


Breitenfeld, Battle of

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      (Sept. 17, 1631), the first major Protestant victory of the Thirty Years' War, in which the army of the Roman Catholic Habsburg emperor Ferdinand II and the Catholic League, under Johan Isaclaes, Graf von Tilly (Tilly, Johann Tserclaes, Graf von), was destroyed by the Swedish-Saxon army under King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden (Gustav II Adolf). The battle marked the emergence of Sweden as a great power and the triumph of the new Swedish flexible linear tactics over the old massive infantry formations that had long dominated European warfare.

      In early September Tilly, the imperial commander, invaded Saxony and, after seizing Leipzig on September 15, arrayed his army nearby in Breitenfeld to meet the Swedish-Saxon advance. The Saxons, on the Swedish left, were routed by Tilly's initial attack. However, Tilly's attempt to turn this flank was repulsed when the commander of the Swedish left, Gustav Karlsson Horn, shifted troops to form a new front to his flank in the heat of battle—the first time this was done in modern warfare. Meanwhile the Swedish right withstood seven hours of imperial cavalry charges. Gustav Adolf then personally led a furious counterattack around Tilly's left, captured the Saxon guns lost earlier, as well as the imperial artillery, and mowed down the massive imperial infantry squares. The imperial army broke and fled, with losses of 12,000 men. Tilly, seriously wounded, escaped with only a few thousand men. Gustav entered Leipzig the next day.

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