By dennis showalter 6 26 2007 o military history frederick iis first act on assuming the throne of prussia in 1740 was to take his state to war a consequence he later explained of possessing a well trained army a full treasury and a desire to establish a reputation. Frederick the great is one of historys most important leaders famed for his military successes and domestic reforms his campaigns were a watershed in the history of europe securing prussias place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1916. Nevertheless with germany humiliated after world war i fredericks popularity as a heroic figure remained high in germany fredericks place in british historiography was established by thomas carlyles history of frederick the great 8 vol 1858 1865 emphasizing the power of one great hero to shape history. Prussian infantry during the time of frederick the great of prussia basic background on infantry types like grenadiers fusiliers etc organization and combat formations support mhv . Frederick the great 1712 1786 is one of the most fascinating figures of the early modern period he cut a path across europe both militarily and intellectually although today he is mostly remembered for his military accomplishments after his ascent to the throne of prussia in 1740 frederick
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