II. Frederick had much more trouble invading the Austro-Hungarian armies in France than in the 15th century. To Louis.
There was a peace treaty between him and Maria Theresa. But since diplomacy is about where there is peace, it will ruin it.
The excuse was there. Maria Theresa pulled the earth out from under the feet of the poor German emperor; he held the whole of Bavaria in his hands. And it is a good thing that he who is once a German emperor should have some possession on German soil: an honorary emperor cannot be man! Then you only have to live on something, an emperor could not be full of dislocations.
To this end, II. Frederick’s ambassador made urgent proposals to Maria Theresa, especially because of the cruel warfare of Trenk’s pandur army. However, in the masculine woman, there was no mercy for the defeated enemy.
Maria Theresa was out of the question with the burkus ambassador, in fact -33-when it was already very demanding, he instructed his court fool to pay him with little money.
The queen’s joke master was a Calvinist peregrinus student whose quirks were inherited by the chronicle.
Aaron’s student from Prussia followed this example by telling a beautiful fiddle. (When, as you know, that Trenk lamented over the atrocities of Ferencz.)
“You know, coma: once a peasant was attacked on the street by the landlord.” The peasant had an iron fork, thus protecting himself so strongly that he killed the molossian dog. The landlord was very angry about this: «Well, he drank! you could not protect yourself against my dog with the handle of your iron fork? » “I will have a camel, noble lord, surely,” said the peasant, if your dog wanted to bite his tail too. ”
The tale was very understandable.
Is he therefore angry at II. Frederick? that is not certain. Frigyes Trenk claims to be upset. However, the great king was also a great actor. Prior to her environment, she played the role of being forced to reach for arms again, despite the inclinations of her soul. Yet even then a secret treaty was signed with the King of France on the one hand and with the German emperor on the other, according to the terms of which, while the French army attacked and defeated the Austro-Hungarian waist army invaded Alsace, II. Frederick invades the Czech Republic, occupies it and retains half of it for himself, attaching half to Bavaria, where he returns the ousted emperor.
He was then able to give instructions to the French.
Where they face Hungarian armies, do not wait for the attack: they must prevent them by attack.
One September morning, all the chief officers were summoned by King Frederick to Potsdam. He was very good at giving them the scrupulous philosopher who was forced to appeal to the weapon again by the power of the fat. The real reason is-34- most of all, however, the beginning of the war was that Maria Theresa’s main army was on the Rhine and the queen, trusting in the peace treaty, left her own countries almost defenseless.
King Frederick’s advance to Prague can be said to be a walk rather than a campaign. No one stood in his way. Saxony cheerfully opened a door, a gate in front of him.
II. Frederick was standing in front of Prague with his three corps the tenth day after the war message: the fourth, Schwerin’s corps, arrived from Silesia a day later on the other side of the Vltava.
Prague was occupied by Austrian General Harsch with an army of eighteen thousand.
This name is also one of the sights of the era.
If the librettist of an operetta today were to try to bring such a general to the stage, the criticism would have beaten him to death.
First, he did that he left the boat bridge, forgotten by the French, in last year’s great neck-end retreat, nicely there for the incoming burkus. They would have been forced to wait for weeks for their pontoons to arrive after them. Thus, finding the finished bridge in front of them, they moved along it and surrounded Prague.
Then Genius Harsch committed the genius of placing only forty Croatian border guards in the citadel of Ziskahegy, which ruled the city. He should have defended this dangerous position with full effort.
In this way, however, those forty granites were just good for lowering the lift bridge in front of the Prussian grenadiers so that they would not be forced to climb ladders on the ladders.
Then King Frederick began shooting Prague from the same castle in Ziskahegy.
General Harsch, of course, could not get up there -35-to shoot: well, he just put up with the fun for a while. When he then multiplied his cannon, after twelve days of Christian patience worth following, he took out his best mind and capitulated. Eighteen thousand people dropped the rifle without admiring its sound. They never bought a country at a cheaper price than King Frederick this time Bohemia.
The Czech lords and citizens hurried to put their worship at their feet.
But that was not the end of the war.
There was an extraordinary and incredibly twisting turn that when Archduke Charles and Nádasdy heard that King Frederick had invaded the Czech Republic, they did not first ask the Vienna High Council what to do, but immediately turned back and crossed the Raj. they went, they also returned through Bavaria to the Czech Republic. Ferencz Trenk hurried in front with his pandurs.
And Prince Noilles, who should have kept the army of Archduke Charles in check with the French army, allowed him to return home, recommending himself, with real courtesy appropriate to the French.
At the great grace of Frigyes Trenk stood at that time II. To King Frederick. Now, as before in Berlin and Charlottenburg, he dined at the same table as the king. Just as he had my goose liver pâtés there, he broke the same pumpernickel here (the most commissive kind of dumpling bread) with the king.