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Breitenfeld 1631

Battle Name : Breitenfeld 1631

Date(s) : 17 September 1631

Part of : The Thirty Years War , Swedish War ,

Outcome : A victory for Swedish Saxon Allies over Catholic League's Army

Type of battle : Land


King Gustavus ll headed the Swedish/Saxon army which outnumbered the Catholic League army under Count Tilly. However the Saxon contingent were raw inexperienced troops. Tilly chose the ground and arranged his force in a traditional way. Gustavus was an innovative commander who brought a new arrangement to the battlefield. The battle looked lost to the Swedes when Tilly's men broke the Saxons who fled the field. But the flexibility and all-arms set up enabled the Swedes to counter attack successfully, now against superior numbers, and to win a decisive victory.