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Ten Week's War
Langensalza Prussian troops on the defence.
Beginning:

1866

End:

1866

Place:

Europe

Outcome:

Austro-Russian victory: status quo antebellum

Combatants

Flag of Russia Russian Empire
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austrian Empire
Flag of the German Confederation (war) German Confederation:

  • Flag of Bavaria (striped) Bavaria
  • Flag of Hanover 1837-1866 Hanover
  • Flag of Saxony Saxony
  • Flagge Königreich Württemberg Württemberg
  • Flagge Großherzogtum Baden (1871-1891) Baden
  • Flagge Großherzogtum Hessen ohne Wappen Hesse-Darmstadt
  • Flagge Herzogtum Nassau (1806-1866) Nassau
  • Flag of Hesse Hesse-Kassel
  • Saxe- Meiningen Saxe-Meiningen
  • Flagge Fürstentum Reuß ältere Linie Reuss-Greiz
  • Flagge Fürstentum Schaumburg-Lippe Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Flagge der Freien Stadt Frankfurt Frankfurt

Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816) Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Flag of the Papal States (1808-1870) Papal States
Habsburgtuscanycoa Tuscany
Flag of the Duchy of Parma Parma
Flag of the Duchy of Modena Modena
State Flag of Greece (1863-1924 and 1935-1970) Greece
State Flag of Serbia (1882-1918) Serbia
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of the Principality of Montenegro Montenegro

Flag of France France
Flag of Prussia 1892-1918 Prussia
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Sardinia
Flagge Großherzogtümer Mecklenburg Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Flagge Großherzogtümer Mecklenburg Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Civil flag of Oldenburg Oldenburg
Flagge Herzogtum Anhalt Anhalt
Flagge Herzogtum Braunschweig Brunswick
Flag of Saxe-Altenburg (1893-1918) Saxe-Altenburg
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1826-1911) Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Flag of Lauenburg Lauenburg
Flag of Lippe (1815-1880) Lippe-Detmold
Flagge Fürstentümer Schwarzburg Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Flag of Waldeck before 1830 Waldeck-Pyrmont
Flag of Bremen Bremen
Flag of Hamburg Hamburg
Flag of Lübeck Lübeck

Commanders
Strength
Casualties and Losses

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.

Prussian Front

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.

Italian Front

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.

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