Was Prussia's Army Really the Best? | Animated History

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Warfare in the 19th Century ~ David Gates
Frederick the Great: King of Prussia ~ T. C. W. Blanning
Ludwig von Lossow, Denkwürdigkeiten zur Charakteristik
Duffy - "Frederick the Great" 1985
Funeral March for Brass by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Five Armies by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (by Liszt)
Twenty six variations on La Folia de Spagna, London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert, conductor



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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 yıl önce
    • correction Red army is the strongest!

      Schnitzel HDSchnitzel HD2 aylar önce
    • Excelent, but would you make the videos a little less dense please. I'm sure i'm not the only one that isn't an english native speaker. You throw many facts and dates in a very little amount of time.

      versicle platzversicle platz10 aylar önce
    • LDS German shepherd boy you lucky bastard.

      Der Große BismarckDer Große BismarckYıl önce
    • The Armchair Historian Wonderful pronunciation of the word “Totenkopf”!

      aspielmaspielmYıl önce
    • Jo Ze in terms of monarchal names you refer to previous ones in their anglicized name and current ones in their normal language. Example Friedrich was called Frederick bc he’s dead. If there’s a Kaiser rn he would be called friedrich

      SWNerd 2188SWNerd 2188Yıl önce
  • Literally Anyone: Was Prussia’s Army the Best? Prussia: Yes.... Also Prussia: *Dissolves*

    _•Jaci •__•Jaci •_4 saatler önce
  • 00:09 ebin!

    someonesomeone8 saatler önce
  • Do you dabble in a bit of eu4

    Elly HarderElly Harder10 saatler önce
  • The Russian in 1918 The World in 1941

    D E U SD E U SGün önce
  • I noticed the Europa Universalis IV joke there.

    The Pathetic ZotevietThe Pathetic Zoteviet4 gün önce
  • When is the better question. It wasn’t before Jena 1806. It was big and very slow, and unmotivated other than the most brutal discipline. It became the paradigm Army in the mid to latter half of 19th century. Today we still copy their model in many ways, even as the US has become the paradigm Army incorporating the NCO Corps in ways Prussians never did.

    Luvs LogisticsLuvs Logistics5 gün önce
  • Playing EU4 you never let Prussia to be created. Never! I was trying to fend off them when playing Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth since ~1750. I beaten Ottomans twice, I defended against Russia but Prussia took 2/3 of my country in two wars. It was pointless to even try to fight with them and loose all of manpower.

    j bj b5 gün önce
  • @ 7:20 who is the Corsican lieutenant being referred to?

    Aaron McCauleyAaron McCauley6 gün önce
  • En la guerra de los 7 años pelio sola contra 3 en la primera contra 2 y eb la segunda guerra contra todo el planeta.....en realidad no entiendo porque son 2 guerras mundiales si en realidad ya han existido 3 guerras mundiales....busquen y aprendan la guerra de los 7 años la primera guerra mundial y la 2da

    Helmut ArrochaHelmut Arrocha7 gün önce
  • Nice video, thanks. But they should really start in english to use the original names for German Kaisers, Kings and so on. Friedrich instead of Frederick, Heinrich instead of Henry, an so on... i mean, come on... it's not so complicated ^^ Imagine Germans would call Bill Clinton = Wilhelm Clinton, or Prince Charles = Prinz Karl, or King Juan Carlos from Spain = König Johann(es) Karl.... that would be unnecessarily confusing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    WallungWallung7 gün önce
  • Its Friedrich not Frederick and Wilhelm not William. Names are not variable

    Martin CraemerMartin Craemer10 gün önce
  • The best? Yes. The most stylish? ABSOLUT!

    N Q HN Q H11 gün önce
  • Short answer: Ja Long answer: Yes

    CodreXCodreX11 gün önce
  • Discipline 150%

    FrederickDGreatFrederickDGreat12 gün önce
  • Good video, however Leuthen far from knocked Austria out of the Seven Years War! Austrian cavalry commander Andreas Hadik captured Berlin immediately after Leuthen, and there were many subsequent battles, with Frederick often coming off second best (see Hochkirch 1758, Maxen 1759, and Kunersdorf (Austro-Russian victory).

    Ben FieneBen Fiene13 gün önce
  • Where some states have an army, the Prussian Army has a state. Voltaire

    Jerome DelanoeJerome Delanoe13 gün önce
  • Took a beating from Napoleon's Grande Armee

    Paul McCharmleyPaul McCharmley15 gün önce
  • I guess that kid with the pickelhaube was right.

    sosbrigadeclubsosbrigadeclub17 gün önce
  • IIRC even Richard Sharpe could only do 5 rounds and that is with 1 round already loaded... and he being a fictional character. Now that's soldiering.

    TheBrianp1TheBrianp118 gün önce
  • Playing Hungarian Rhapsody for a Prussian video? Shame on you!

    Ákos SzabacsiÁkos Szabacsi19 gün önce
  • Alot of military historians agree that the two key attributes that made the Prussian/German armies great.1] Unit Cohesion and 2] NCO Leadership

    stephen heathstephen heath20 gün önce
  • Broke is what broke them

    ezekiel Von lichensteinezekiel Von lichenstein20 gün önce
  • When it wasn’t fighting Napoleon it was good

    NickPlaysRobloxNickPlaysRoblox24 gün önce
  • Well they don't exist any more so the answer is no.

    Derp DerpDerp Derp26 gün önce
  • The British were.

    Bullet-Tooth TonyBullet-Tooth Tony26 gün önce
  • Do you mean Potsdam or Potsam?

    Anthony EndackAnthony Endack29 gün önce
  • In 1864 it was

    Bull Trout MasterBull Trout MasterAylar önce
  • in my opinion the Swedish Carolean Army was much better the the Prussian seeing how it's Discipline was even better than the Prussians and was much more effective seeing as they sometimes defeated foes like Denmark-Norway and the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth alone unlike Prussia who needed Russian and Austrian aid

    יוסי סוריזוןיוסי סוריזוןAylar önce
    • 110

      Social ProphylaxisSocial Prophylaxis21 gün önce
  • Prussian state did not have an army. Prussian army have a state.

    Thirsty AFThirsty AFAylar önce
  • Excellent video ☺️

    Mongolian KhanMongolian KhanAylar önce
  • 0:38 nice gag, tho you forgot to highlight the most important part, discipline and yearly army tradition

    RoshiRoshiAylar önce
  • Yes

    Willhelm BichmarkWillhelm BichmarkAylar önce
  • TL:DR Short answer, yes.

    DmhoopeDmhoopeAylar önce
  • The Seven Years War, started by George Washington himself...

    Sam KingSam KingAylar önce
  • I know a kid who always wears an iron cross to school

    Jesse WhiteJesse WhiteAylar önce
  • They really got fucked by Napoleon though. Arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats in history

    Phillip II of FrancePhillip II of FranceAylar önce
  • Who add P IN RUSSIA

    Duce AnchobiDuce AnchobiAylar önce
  • Wasnt that one famous Army Tradition and Tactic book written by A Prussian?

    AdwansAdwansAylar önce
  • According to my Opa it was...he was in it...born in 1874.

    pulidoblpulidoblAylar önce
  • Yes.

    RickPin_06RickPin_06Aylar önce
  • Did Frederick the Great fight in linę with other soldiers? Pictures are showing that, but who knows...

    Filip ElgerFilip ElgerAylar önce
  • Discipline: 300% Precision: 500% Glory: Incomprehensible!

  • Except Fredrich was humbled by non-other than the Russians, and later so did Napoleon so I think there are facts who had the best army in Europe

    Samir KosovSamir KosovAylar önce
  • I wonder why there are so many EU4 references.

    Graham TurnerGraham TurnerAylar önce
  • EU4 players: Y E S

    Jlitzy GamingJlitzy GamingAylar önce
  • Don't forget Frederick the Great's greatest accomplishment, being a master flautist.

    Adam CaseAdam CaseAylar önce
  • Not disputing the effectiveness of Prussia's military, but let's not forget that Frederick the Great had his ass handed to him so thoroughly by the Russians in the Seven Years' War that the "miracle of the Brandenburg House" is the only reason Prussia (and Germany) still exist today.

    Crusader MilitantCrusader MilitantAylar önce
  • “Ja”

    Plaag GeestPlaag GeestAylar önce
  • Shooting faster? Why didnt the wehrmacht use semi autos? Goosestep? Scary, but tiring. Russia barely uses it. Red China version is scariest. But what advantage in asymetrical warfare today? Main advantage rugorous discipline like usmc. Goosestep 90% of fear in enemy. Prussian marchmusik, now das is die scheisß!

    sierra julietsierra julietAylar önce
  • Many people use Prussia and Germany interchangeably, in error. Prussia was not pre-eminent until the 1860's. For instance, at Waterloo, Blucher was a secondary force to the Allies/Brits, their presence only crucial due to its timing, a shock force that turned the battle. Years before, German troops were mostly mercenaries(i.e. Hessians, etc.) Prussia was an important element in the 7 Years' war but was not clearly a military power until the Franco-Prussian War...

    thomas aquinasthomas aquinasAylar önce
  • God bless you for the EU4 reference. they are ridiculously OP.

    Christopher FlemingChristopher FlemingAylar önce
  • Answer: *Jawohl*

    Akram GimminiAkram Gimmini2 aylar önce
  • No, Napleon’s Grand Army in its prime prior to the Russian defeat in Russia. Cheers!

    J BautistaJ Bautista2 aylar önce
  • yes, in dicipline

    Yu Hin TAMYu Hin TAM2 aylar önce
  • Many states have an army, but the prussian army has a state.

    TMSupreme 77TMSupreme 772 aylar önce
  • But how did prussia fund their huge army that has a large percentage of its population in it

    DestroyedPRODestroyedPRO2 aylar önce
    • ,,When your Lilitary budget is the same as the state budget"

      AntiCentrist ActionAntiCentrist ActionAylar önce
  • The Prussians are the only people I know who danced to cavalry marches.

    I dance for penniesI dance for pennies2 aylar önce
  • I doubt they would run over their own flag though.

    Sol KazSol Kaz2 aylar önce
  • Everyone know le grande armee under Napoleon was the strongest army of 19th century

    Jonas HjelmJonas Hjelm2 aylar önce
  • *Was Prussia's Army Really the Best?* *русские звуки смеха* No

    Old FritzOld Fritz2 aylar önce
  • Did you really go to a school with with a kid that wore a pickelhaube? That's cool

    Sshooter444Sshooter4442 aylar önce
  • Some times it was, sometimes it wasn't.

    Allan FifieldAllan Fifield3 aylar önce
  • why dont you refer to the prussian invention of the breech- loading- rifle

    jarnoutjarnout3 aylar önce
  • simple answer: yss

    erik the monkeerik the monke3 aylar önce
  • When was prussias army the best? - yes

    Friedrich 2.Friedrich 2.3 aylar önce
  • Yes. Next question.

    Jack ParkerJack Parker3 aylar önce
  • It didn't have to be "the Best". It just had to be "good enough".

    neilpk70neilpk703 aylar önce
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    Phaire CouchpotatoPhaire Couchpotato3 aylar önce
  • The Battle of Leuthen was legendary, an impossible Victory. Frederick said "i will ATTACK(!) a BIGGER and BETTER equipped ARMY, which is also standing on HIGHER GROUND.. and will win" .. and so he did

    EnkaMexiEnkaMexi4 aylar önce
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