Battle of Sedan: How did Prussia Win The Franco-Prussian War? | Animated History

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How did Prussia Win the Franco-Prussian War?
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  • Wilhelm I to Napoleon III : Sir I have fought against Napoleon I and you sir are no Napoleon I

    PlainBagelPlainBagel3 gün önce
  • 4:10 that is a myth, it was just used wrong and wrong place at the wrong time during the battle

    David OlssonDavid Olsson9 gün önce
  • Sehr anschaulich.

    Michael KochMichael Koch10 gün önce
  • What I find most incredible about the Franco-Prussian War is that France effectively started it, with the sole war goal of humiliating Prussia, and then France got utterly destroyed and became a laughing stock internationally until WW1. I don't think France's reputation ever recovered, to be honest.

    A YA Y16 gün önce
  • Discipline: 300% Precision: 500% Glory: Incomprehensible!

  • 6320 prussian and 12310 france soldiers killed

    Ludwig GustafssonLudwig GustafssonAylar önce
  • ANOTHER French advantage was the fact that they STARTED the war on the excuse that the North German Confederation was finally able to defend itself from French invasions, which they had been doing for 1,000 years since Charlemagne. France also attacked Germany starting both world wars.

    Scott CampbellScott CampbellAylar önce
  • 272 french people did not accept their lost

    Lehra SaquianLehra SaquianAylar önce
  • Somebody has correctly mentioned Krupp field guns. Let me amplify that. The Krupp field guns were made out of modern steel. The French used bronze cannon because "everybody knows" that bronze cannon had won the battle of Waterloo, and that "iron cannon will burst". The Prussian Army wasn't everybody. The Steel cannon outranged bronze cannon by double or more. Also, it is pointless to rifle a bronze cannon, because the bronze is softer than the iron cannon ball. So the rifled Krupp field guns were far more accurate.

    Jacques LeFaveJacques LeFaveAylar önce
  • Practically, this is "Invade Greece for the Italy" France version

    Simon CSimon C2 aylar önce
  • Who's here watching old vids?

    Dastan BputraDastan Bputra2 aylar önce
  • france: Its over prussia i have the high ground prussia: are you sure about that france: yeah prussian: well then is my artilary bombarding yours

    Omega ManOmega Man2 aylar önce
  • appreciate the animation. it helped with me reading Quntin Barry books on the war

    MOFMOF2 aylar önce
  • You should do your maps like this again. I feel they’re more informative than the current format

    KommandanterKommandanter2 aylar önce
  • On a more peaceful note, this war spreads the idea of wargaming throughout the world.

    Raven Knight VincentRaven Knight Vincent3 aylar önce
  • There is no word "impactful" in the English language to my knowledge. That is, I have never heard or read from the expressions of any respected scholar or writer in English such an utterance. Are words adjectives as "signficant" or "consequential" not in your vocabulary?

    Goedelite KurtGoedelite Kurt3 aylar önce

      Peter KalninPeter Kalnin28 gün önce
  • It’s actually Otto von Bismarck he did a thing he always had a plan Prussia watched the American civil war they noticed that a good railroad schedule is more powerful than any gun

    justin westliejustin westlie3 aylar önce
    • Plus using telegraph to organize, marshall, and concentrate forces was a war skill that they learned from the Yankees.

      Jacques LeFaveJacques LeFaveAylar önce
  • Oh our Griffy Johnson, how much you have changed

    3DWaffles3DWaffles3 aylar önce
  • 5320 prussian and 11310 franch soldiers ware killed

    Ludwig GustafssonLudwig Gustafsson3 aylar önce
  • Maybe France should've had a coupe

    A RA R3 aylar önce
  • Thank you so much! I'm German and in history class I gave a speech about it. Your video helped me a lot.

    lehegusc 1000lehegusc 10003 aylar önce
  • The correct term is, of course, ”The Franco-German war”. The leading French politicians never belived all German states would side with Prussia.

    KalahulabambaKalahulabamba3 aylar önce
  • I'm a simp for otto von bismarck

    Maxwell O'HearnMaxwell O'Hearn3 aylar önce
  • JeezussKryst man, its not Mac maHON! Its th same name as Ed McMahon

    Teague BrennanTeague Brennan3 aylar önce
  • i belive we won the world wars because of luck

    Julio MagdalenoJulio Magdaleno4 aylar önce
  • Cette guerre n'était pas gagné d'avance mais la fra'ce effectivement avait la supériorité technologique comme pour leurs fusils à poudre blanche contrairement au allemand et leurs poudre noire, la france a mal gérer cette campagne car elle s'est mal préparé elle s'est en effet pas inspiré de la guerre de sécession qui était la guerre la plus récente et aurait pu servir le haut commandement français

    PIEPIEPPIEPIEP4 aylar önce
  • If someone can answer please my question that would be cool, how fit were the soldiers in those days, I know they did not go to the gym, but were they fat, very physically fit because of the things they carry, or were they as fit as soldiers today, in training did they do any physical training like pushups or no?

    BandwagonCelticsFanBandwagonCelticsFan4 aylar önce
  • Fun fact: Wilhelm I was a grandson of Fredrick William ii not Fredrick ii who had no children

    Wilhelm Friedrich IWilhelm Friedrich I4 aylar önce
  • Napoleon III was opposed to the war. It was the Parliament that declared war. He knew the war would be very very difficult. Also, Napoleon was seriously ill with kidney stones (since before the war) and therefore he conceded command to MacMahon. But accompanied the army given he did not like the idea of remaining in Paris while his men died in the war. He would later die from complications related to kidney stones (after being exiled) which were practically untreatable back in the day.

    Chaaritha DheerasingheChaaritha Dheerasinghe4 aylar önce
  • Hmm yes...

    Peter the PrussianPeter the Prussian4 aylar önce
  • 150 years! Gott mit uns!

    X3RUBIMX3RUBIM4 aylar önce
  • French survival is based on the Brits

    Paolo BellosiPaolo Bellosi4 aylar önce
  • I'm occupying Nancy today mate, sorry Naanngsi not neancy

    Nikolas MaesNikolas Maes4 aylar önce
  • 1:08 Yes, that seems to be a running gag with Irish commanders in this era for some reason.

    Jonathan WellsJonathan Wells4 aylar önce
  • bruh the thumbnail said battle of Sedan i thought this is about Sedan vs Hatchback or something

    Mit MitMit Mit4 aylar önce
  • Moltke's Animation model is honestly super hot.

    BillyBilly5 aylar önce
  • When war broke out France did not stop civilians using the trains so the French army had a huge problem getting enough trains to move their men, horses and equipment. French mobilisation was so chaotic that many French soldiers never reached their units, which was not helped by the fact the units themselves kept moving around. Contrast this with the Prussians who had mobilisation not only well planned but had been equally well practised by the troops. And no civilians travelled by train.

    Big BlueBig Blue5 aylar önce
  • The Birth of modern-day Germany.

    Edward WeaverEdward Weaver5 aylar önce
  • Simple explanation of how Prussia beat France. Prussia is superior to all else and French military achievement is a joke

    true_american55true_american555 aylar önce
  • It's about Prussia not the German Reich, right?! So why are those flags there?!

    wasgeht dichdasanwasgeht dichdasan5 aylar önce
  • Prussia's tactics were so effective it is still studied into the modern era in military tactical school's.

    Chandler BartholomewChandler Bartholomew5 aylar önce
  • *150% DISCIPLINE*

    Império do Brasil BallImpério do Brasil Ball5 aylar önce
  • Danse macabre was originally composed by Saint Saens by the way if anyone is asking.

    EclypHEclypH5 aylar önce
  • You have never fought a war until you've fought against the Prussians!

    Enyaw RebbujEnyaw Rebbuj5 aylar önce
  • "God fights on the side with the best artillery" said Napoleon...but it seems Prussia was listening and France was not.

    Ian CartyIan Carty5 aylar önce
  • "Depression army" XD hehe

    jakubtuszynski93jakubtuszynski936 aylar önce
  • Prußens Gloria... Johann Friedrich Piefke...

    Kimball ScarrKimball Scarr6 aylar önce
    • Und, the Deutsche rub it in every chance they get... honoring Maçon by starting out playing Prußens Gloria... the victory marsch for the 1871 Franco-Prußens War!

      Kimball ScarrKimball Scarr6 aylar önce
  • Fun fact: Prussia had better maps of France than France itself.

    PritsiePritsie6 aylar önce
    • @Kommandanter Not in the sense that they didn't have the maps, but they did not bring them along, as they planned to invade Germany. As I recall some commanders resorted to search schools for maps when it became clear that the fighting would take place in France and getting good maps from HQ would take too long, especially with the unreliable French railway planning.

      MrMethekillMrMethekillAylar önce
    • @Dmitri N. Rodrigues Because they didn't have Bismarck pulling the strings at the time. That dude was so sharp he almost predicted when WW1 would start down to the day and the reason why the war would start ("Some damn fool thing in the Balkans").

      Dan MenardDan MenardAylar önce
    • Is this actually true? Interesting if so.

      KommandanterKommandanter2 aylar önce
    • False. The French army had excellent maps of France but they expected to fight in Germany so didn't take them.

      Benjamin KammererBenjamin Kammerer2 aylar önce
    • Interesting that just 71 years later they would ignore all lessons learned about mobilization, logistics and the importance of knowing the enemy's geography, at the invasion of USSR, and get completely beaten.

      Dmitri N. RodriguesDmitri N. Rodrigues3 aylar önce
  • Battle of 2003 Honda Civic

    Yoon SheenYoon Sheen6 aylar önce
  • Who goes to war over a gaw'damn 4 door car. Only a coupe' (pronounced coo'paye) is worthy of slaughtering an entire country over. Because you can't spell slaughter, without laughter! duh...

    Joel WilliamsJoel Williams6 aylar önce
  • The use haphazerd use of German/Prussian troops remains confusing. i can only imagine the confusion people have.

    John RoachJohn Roach6 aylar önce
  • How the French handled the battle in Sedan reminds me how my previous employer did things.

    Daniel LeeDaniel Lee6 aylar önce
  • Ever since this I guess France just took to surrendering...

    Vignesh SajithVignesh Sajith7 aylar önce
  • True German Efficiency

    david peshadavid pesha7 aylar önce
  • 7:37 Morocco was not a French colony at that time.

    abdo kaddouriabdo kaddouri7 aylar önce
  • Fierce and efficient the Prussians were... Undeniable combat spirit

    Luis Merlo AbadLuis Merlo Abad7 aylar önce
  • .......

    general charles de gaullegeneral charles de gaulle7 aylar önce
  • It is rather interesting how historians here on TRvision over look the fact that Napoleon the 3rd was a very sick man at the time, he had kidney stones and could barely walk, or sit strait let alone mount a horse …back in the day kidney stones could not be easily treated and the man would later die of it. He was never an active commander during the Franco-Prussian War. Simply accompanied the army. His only input was the relief attempt that turned into the Battle of Sedan. Which would have worked fine had the battle plans not been stupidly published a week or so in advance under the orders of the French Cabinet to appease the displeased general public -- which was read by the German high command and in turn exploited. Moreover, France was a constitutional monarchy at the time and the Emperor had no executive authority. I think it is unfair to call a man who won two wars and had a successful military career as a commander before his ill-ness incompetent. Sometimes one is just unlucky.

    GentlemanGhost1GentlemanGhost18 aylar önce
  • Why do you use the imperial German flag German empire didn't for then yet

    German LordGerman Lord8 aylar önce
  • The needle-rifle might have been somewhat obsolete by this time, but it was still a VERY effective rifle, very accurate, and still pretty fast for its era. Yes the chassepot was more "advanced", but it really wasn't that much more effective in combat than the needle-rifle, it was just slightly more durable but not enough to matter in this situation, so you can't really put much emphasis on the idea that the chassepot was "better", because it didn't really show it in the thick of the battle where it counts the most. That's like comparing something like the american blot-action M1903 (springfield rifle) to the German bolt-action Kar-98k Mauser, if one was somehow better than the other, you still wouldn't be able to tell the difference in combat effectiveness. In either case, chassepot or needle-rifle, Springfield or Mauser, both had a plenty strong enough bullet (i don't care how much you like the 30-06, it really isn't "much better" then the 8mm Mauser), both were very accurate, and both reloaded fairly quickly, the margins (if any can be reasonably noted) were so small that it never really mattered to start with.

    KzrDtlKzrDtl8 aylar önce
  • Didn't know most of what happened in this battle. So nice job guy.

    Broken BridgeBroken Bridge9 aylar önce
  • You may have more firepower, but if your enemy has better priorities for logistics they'll have more bullets.

    Diego Cobo SánchezDiego Cobo Sánchez9 aylar önce
  • "King Wilhelm was the grandson of Frederick II of Prussia" I believe Frederick the Great had no children... Wilhelm I was the grandson of Frederick the Great's nephew, actually.

    Mercure250Mercure2509 aylar önce
  • The only real general France had was Napoleon 1. He was Corsican, not French. Any questions?

    Claude BedardClaude Bedard9 aylar önce
  • Germany wasn't that power house at that time more like a backlevel agraculture region divided in old fashion monarcies. That's why France didn't pay much attention to their eastern border knowing themself were Europe's superpower military and cultural. Bismarck counted high risking war with France while bavarian king Ludwig II was a big fan of french culture not really willing to go in war with them. I guess the other European powers kept quite because they were expecting France will win quickly.

    Michael VMichael V9 aylar önce
    • Uh, what? A backlevel agraculture region? What about the Rhineland, the steel factories, the krupp corporation, the Rurh boom? Sure, Ludwig was a large factor in these victories but Bavaria wasn't the sole reason, and the ngc definitely wasn't a backwater agriculture nation

      simon duppersimon dupper7 gün önce
  • I know it’s not the Franco-Prussian war but what is it with Gaels such as Macmahon and Mackensen commanding foreign troops

    Bumper BonnieBumper Bonnie9 aylar önce
  • Von Moltke is my great great grandfather

    Alex MühlenkampAlex Mühlenkamp9 aylar önce
  • It was Bismarck, just Bismarck. He is a god :D

    irishcoffee 2002irishcoffee 20029 aylar önce
    • @simon dupper You can't even get a straight date right ? ^^ Damned uneducated 13yo boyz In WWI, you mean when Brits saved their position in Europe and the world with French blood ? Right ? When UK had more population than France and still had 3 times less wounded, and almost 2 times less killed, with less involved soldiers ?

      Selina AnsenSelina Ansen6 gün önce
    • ww1

      simon duppersimon dupper6 gün önce
    • @simon dupper You changed 60 years into 40 year, you're lame. And wtf happened in 1910 ? Dude, please start learning about history, you're pitiful :-)

      Selina AnsenSelina Ansen6 gün önce
    • @simon dupper in 1930 ? Wtf ?

      Selina AnsenSelina Ansen6 gün önce
    • @Selina Ansen after that? You mean after the British saved you 40 years later?

      simon duppersimon dupper7 gün önce
  • The ONLY victory scored by the French was thanks to Italian general Giuseppe Garbaldi, who headed a multinational unit 5000-strong, the "Army of the Vosges"...the only "French" unit which was able to capture a Prussian flag in that war...

    fabrizio67fabrizio679 aylar önce
  • The ONLY victory scored by the French was thanks to Italian general Giuseppe Garbaldi, who headed a multinational unit 5000-strong, the "Army of the Vosges"...the only "French" unit which was able to capture a Prussian flag in that war...

    fabrizio67fabrizio679 aylar önce
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