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The Ten Weeks' War was a European conflict which halted nationalist ambitions in Central and Southern Europe for nearly thirty years. Austria and her allies had long stood as the main obstacle to the unification of Germany and Italy, and fearing the power of Austria's ally, Russia, Prussia and Sardinia conspired to strike together, along with Napoleon III's France, still smarting from its defeat during the Danubian War. Their plan, however failed miserably: the Austro-Russian armies smashed the Prussians at Sadowa, the Sardinian army proved utterly incapable, and the French, forced to divide their slow to mobilize forces on two fronts, failed on both fronts. The war, the latest in a string of foreign policy defeats, humiliated Napoleon III, leading to his overthrow shortly afterwards. Britain's pride also suffered, and the collective shame at 'abandoning' France pushed Britain into turning World War One from a Korean conflict to a global one.
Although the Prussians, supported by the French Army, were very numerous, they still faced determined resistance from the Austro-Russian armies. Thanks to tactical ineptitude by the Prussians and French, their armies were surrounded by two enemy pincers and annihilated by the Austro-Russian forces. After the decisive victory at Sadowa, the Austrian and Russian armies reached Posen by the end of the war.
Even though the Sardinians, along with the French, boasted a large numerical advantage, with all of their Italian allies, their poor training and experience was to prove fatal for them as they confronted the Austrian armies at Verona. The Austrians decisively beat the Italians, and moved on to capture Milan by the war's end.