PRINCE EUGENE’S WAR IN HUNGARY 1716-1718
By Frederich Wilhelm Karl von Schmettau
Translated by G.F.Nafziger
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Illustrations: 3 B&W illustrations
Pages: 61 pages
The Holy Roman Empire was, at the turn of the 18th century, in numerous wars, not only fighting France, but also the Ottoman Empire. In 1715 the Holy Roman Empire (Austria) was at peace with the Turks because of the Treaty of Carlowitz. The Turks, however, were becoming very threatening to Venice, the Holy Roman Empire’s ally and the Empire felt obliged to come to Venice’s assistance. The situation between the two powers had, in addition to the Venice issue, become steadily more and more tense, so it was decided that rather than await a Turkish attack, the Empire would launch a pre-emptive attack into the region then known as Hungary, but is today known as Serbia. This work is an account of that campaign. It contains orders of battle for the Empire’s forces and detailed discussions of the battled and sieged of Peterwardin and Belgrade.
The commander of the Empire’s forces was Prince Eugene of Savoy, who at the time of this campaign had a marvelous reputation as a military leader and this campaign only enhanced it.
As a work, it is rare to find a purely military study on Prince Eugene’s campaigns. Invariably those works in English focus on his ally, Marlborough, and little is said about Eugene. Not only is this work a discussion of his military operations, it is even more unusual in that it is on a campaign on which there is little documentation in English.