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Battle of Mollwitz, 1741

PLAN / von der / BATAILLE / beÿ / MOLLWITZ / den 10 April / 1741 1741 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:20,000 approx. | RCIN 728039

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A map of the Battle of Mollwitz, fought on Monday 10 April 1741, on a battle field covered with two feet of snow, between the Prussians, commanded by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great; 1712-86), and the Austrians, commanded by Field Marshal Wilhelm Reinhard von Neipperg (1684-1774) resulting in a Prussian victory. First Silesian War (1740-42): part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north-west to top.

Mollwitz lies to the west of Brieg (Brzeg, Opole Voivodeship, Poland, 50°51'38"N 17°28'02"E). Frederick had taken up headquarters on 8 and 9 April in the little village of Pogerell, shown bottom right on the map. The armies are shown drawn up in order of battle, and the regiments are named.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: The letter P

    Mark, stamped: 269

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: bottom centre, water stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label; fragments of the label and some ghosting of the image remain

  • Scale: not stated. 1:20,000 approx.

    44.7 x 62.3 cm (image)

    44.1 x 61.6 cm (neatline)

    46.9 x 64.3 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / von der / BATAILLE / beÿ / MOLLWITZ / den 10 April / 1741. [top left, in rectangular cartouche]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, in title panel, an explanatory key, A-G, to the events from Frederick II forming his army into order of battle on the morning of 10 April, to the flight of the Austrian army at the end of the battle.]


    George III heading: Battle of Molwitz 10 April 1741.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] 19; [bottom centre, black pencil:] 44; [bottom centre, black pencil:] Molwitz le 10: avril 1741; [right, centre, red pencil:] 44; [top, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] Battle of Molwitz in Silesia April 10 1741.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Molwitz Plan von der Bataille bey Mollwitz den 10 April 1741. [drawn]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Małujowice, Opole Voivodeship, Poland (50°50'52"N 17°22'49"E)

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