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Prussian Collection

"Prussian: A Legacy of Military Might and Political Strategy" The Prussian spirit, embodied by figures like Field Marshal Blucher and Count of Gneisenau

Background imagePrussian Collection: Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506

Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506
APSLEY HOUSE " Field-Marshal Prince Von Blucher". Painted c.1818 by George DAWE (1781-1829). Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher Prince von Wahlstaff (1742-1819)

Background imagePrussian Collection: Dawe - Count of Gneisenau N070505

Dawe - Count of Gneisenau N070505
APSLEY HOUSE, London. " Field-Marshal August Neidhart, Count of Gneisenau" 1818 by George DAWE (1781-1829). WM 1535-1948

Background imagePrussian Collection: A Selection of Fish

A Selection of Fish
An assortment of fish: 1. sharp-nosed eel, 2. blunt-nosed eel, 3. burbot, 4. lamprey, 5. lampern, 6. chub, 7. perch, 8. roach, 9. bream, 10. rudd, 11. Prussian carp, 12. Crucian carp, 13. tench, 14

Background imagePrussian Collection: Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. The

Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. The French, English and Prussian armies were defeated, which implied the fall of the emperor. Drawing

Background imagePrussian Collection: Map / Europe / Germany 1871

Map / Europe / Germany 1871
Imperial Germany after the Franco- Prussian War, showing Alsace and Lorraine as part of the country, not to mention huge chunks of Poland in East Prussia

Background imagePrussian Collection: Bismarck & Napoleon III

Bismarck & Napoleon III
After the battle of SEDAN, a triumphant Bismarck chats with the defeated Napoleon III

Background imagePrussian Collection: Bismarck as Blacksmith

Bismarck as Blacksmith
OTTO BISMARCK Prussian statesman, depicted as Smith of the Nation, handing a newly forged sword to Germania

Background imagePrussian Collection: Karl Von Clausewitz

Karl Von Clausewitz
KARL VON CLAUSEWITZ Prussian military, noted for his writings on the science of warfare

Background imagePrussian Collection: Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel

Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel
Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Prussian/German statesman, resigned as Chancellor, together with his son the German foreign minister

Background imagePrussian Collection: Poster advertising Austro-Hungarian War Bonds

Poster advertising Austro-Hungarian War Bonds, with flags of the various countries. early 20th century

Background imagePrussian Collection: Koniggratz Battle 1866

Koniggratz Battle 1866
BATTLE OF KOENIGGRATZ (also known as Sadowa) The Prussian victory, though hard- won, leads to Austrian collapse, victory for Prussia, and the creation of the German Empire

Background imagePrussian Collection: Napoleonic Wars (1796-1815). BATTLE OF THE ROTHIERE (1814

Napoleonic Wars (1796-1815). BATTLE OF THE ROTHIERE (1814-02-01). Napoleon, at the head of a blue division of the guard, recovers the hamlet of Giberie. Colored engraving

Background imagePrussian Collection: Otto Von Bismarck

Otto Von Bismarck
OTTO EDUARD LEOPOLD VON BISMARCK Prussian statesman and first chancellor of the German Empire

Background imagePrussian Collection: Quatre Bras / Hamilton

Quatre Bras / Hamilton
Wellington defeats Ney at QUATRE BRAS, foiling Napoleons plan to prevent the joining of the British and Prussian armies

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prussian Soldiers 11-18

Prussian Soldiers 11-18
Prussian soldiers and officers (11-18)

Background imagePrussian Collection: Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
Portrait of Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist and explorer. Engraved by J. Horsburgh, and published by Oliver & Boyd Edinburgh

Background imagePrussian Collection: Waterloo Belle Alliance

Waterloo Belle Alliance
NAPOLEONIC WARS The second Prussian regiment attacks at Plancenoit (Belle Alliance)

Background imagePrussian Collection: Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick N070675

Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick N070675
APSLEY HOUSE, London. Frederick William Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (1771-1815) c.1813-15. German school. WM 1553-1948

Background imagePrussian Collection: Map of Prussia, c1872. Creator: Unknown

Map of Prussia, c1872. Creator: Unknown
Map of Prussia, c1872. Showing the various regions including Holstein, Hanover, Westphalia, Lower Rhine, Lorraine, Nassau, Cassel, Saxony, Brandedburg, Silesia, Pomerania, West Prussia

Background imagePrussian Collection: Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Creator: Unknown

Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Napoleon I Am Sarge Friedrichs Des Grossen, 27 Oktober 1806

Background imagePrussian Collection: Wellington and Blucher meet after Battle of Waterloo

Wellington and Blucher meet after Battle of Waterloo
Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) and Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher

Background imagePrussian Collection: GERMANY: KULTURKAMPF, 1875. Pope Pius IX moving his game piece, the encyclical Quod nunquam

GERMANY: KULTURKAMPF, 1875. Pope Pius IX moving his game piece, the encyclical Quod nunquam, against Otto von Bismarcks anti-clerical moves on the chessboard of Kulturkampf. German cartoon, 1875

Background imagePrussian Collection: Eugene Sandow, Prussian strongman

Eugene Sandow, Prussian strongman
Eugene Sandow (1867-1925), Prussian strongman. Sandow, born Friedrich Wilhelm Muller, is known as the father of modern bodybuilding

Background imagePrussian Collection: French Soldier Sniping

French Soldier Sniping
An infantryman gets a target in his sights during the Franco-Prussian war Date: 1870

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prussian soldiers J840001

Prussian soldiers J840001
Engraving of Prussian Napoleonic soldiers produced in Berlin. Foot Artillery drivers (" 2te Artillerie Brigade" ) and a Jager (light infantry " 2te Jager Abtheilung")

Background imagePrussian Collection: Herbig - Frederick William III, King of Prussia N070439

Herbig - Frederick William III, King of Prussia N070439
APSLEY HOUSE, London. " Frederick William III, King of Prussia" 1818 by Wilhelm HERBIG (1787-1861) WM 1461-1948

Background imagePrussian Collection: Battle of Zorndorf

Battle of Zorndorf
BATTLE OF ZORNDORF Friedrich der Grosse leads his soldiers at the Battle of Zorndorf, defeating the Russians though he loses 11, 000 men in the process

Background imagePrussian Collection: The Proclamation of the German Empire at Versailles, 18 January 1871, (1936). Creator: Unknown

The Proclamation of the German Empire at Versailles, 18 January 1871, (1936). Creator: Unknown
The Proclamation of the German Empire at Versailles, 18 January 1871, (1936). Kaiserproklamation in Versailles, 18 Januar 1871

Background imagePrussian Collection: Count Otto von Bismarck, Prusso-German statesman, 1870

Count Otto von Bismarck, Prusso-German statesman, 1870. Otto Edward Leopold, Count von Bismarck (1815-1898) was Chancellor of Prussia and architect of modern Germany

Background imagePrussian Collection: Helmut Carl Bernhard, Graf von Moltke - German Field Marshal

Helmut Carl Bernhard, Graf von Moltke - German Field Marshal
Helmut Carl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (1800-1891) - German Field Marshal - Chief of Staff of the Prussian army for thirty years. Date: circa 1885

Background imagePrussian Collection: PRUSSIAN SOLDIER, 1830. Captain of the Hussar Regiment of the Prussian Guards. German lithograph

PRUSSIAN SOLDIER, 1830. Captain of the Hussar Regiment of the Prussian Guards. German lithograph, 1830

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prince Waldemar of Prussia visiting Istanbul

Prince Waldemar of Prussia visiting Istanbul. Waldemar (1889-1945) was the eldest son of Prince Henry of Prussia (younger brother of German Emperor William II) and his wife

Background imagePrussian Collection: Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres

Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres. With the British Army on the Western Front - published in 1916 for Tatler and Sphere, though the illustration was first done in 1914

Background imagePrussian Collection: Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871: Battle of Reichshoffen also called Battle of Worth, 5 August 1870

Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871: Battle of Reichshoffen also called Battle of Worth, 5 August 1870. French Cuirassiers gallping through Reichshoffen. Decisive Prussian victory. Germany France Cavalry

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prussian Royal Family, 1875

Prussian Royal Family, 1875
Crown Prince Frederick (Fritz) of Prussia, later Emperor Friedrich III, and his wife the Crown Princess, formerly Vicky, Princess Royal of Great Britain with five of their children; Charlotte

Background imagePrussian Collection: Princesses Alice and Vicky

Princesses Alice and Vicky
Queen Victorias two eldest daughters: on the right, Vicky, Princess Royal, Crown Princess, later Empress of Prussia (1840-1901) and Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse (1843-1878)

Background imagePrussian Collection: The Surrender at Sedan, Franco-Prussian War

The Surrender at Sedan, Franco-Prussian War
The Surrender at Sedan, 9 September 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War. 1870

Background imagePrussian Collection: Das Kapital, also called Capital (1867)

Das Kapital, also called Capital (1867)
Karl Marx (1818-1883). German philosopher, political theorist, and socialist revolutionary. Das Kapital, also called Capital (1867). A Critique of Political Economy (1867)

Background imagePrussian Collection: The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes

The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes
779899 The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes, illustration from The Kaisers Garland by Edmund J. Sullivan, pub

Background imagePrussian Collection: General von Scharnhorst 1755-1813, 1934

General von Scharnhorst 1755-1813, 1934. Gerhard Johann David Waitz von Scharnhorst (1755-1813), was a Hanoverian-born general in Prussian service from 1801

Background imagePrussian Collection: Wilhelm I of Germany, King of Prussia, 1861

Wilhelm I of Germany, King of Prussia, 1861
Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig(1797 - 1888), King of Prussia (1861-1888) and German Emperor (1871-1888), as depicted in 1861 when crowned King of Prussia. Date: 1861

Background imagePrussian Collection: CARTOON: NAPOLEON, c1807. The Imperial Embrace on the Raft or Boneys New Drop

CARTOON: NAPOLEON, c1807. The Imperial Embrace on the Raft or Boneys New Drop. Drawing by Charles Williams, c1807

Background imagePrussian Collection: Portrait of the Prince Imperial

Portrait of the Prince Imperial
Photograph of Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial (1856-1871) as a young boy. Born as the heir to the French Imperial throne

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prussian Royal Wedding

Prussian Royal Wedding
Princess Viktoria Luise, only daughter of the Kaiser, is accompanied by King George V in a traditional torch dance after her marriage to Prince Ernst of Cumberland. Date: 31 May 1913

Background imagePrussian Collection: Winged Victoria figure, Siegessaule, Berlin, Germany

Winged Victoria figure, Siegessaule, Berlin, Germany
The winged bronze Victoria figure on the top of the Siegessaeule (Pillar of Victory). The Victory Column (Siegessaule) in Berlin, Germany

Background imagePrussian Collection: Berlin State Banquet

Berlin State Banquet
A state banquet held in the White Hall of the Great Schloss in Berlin to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of the Kaisers only daughter

Background imagePrussian Collection: Prussian Royal Wedding

Prussian Royal Wedding
VIKTORIA LUISE, only daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II marries Prince Ernst of Cumberland in the Chapel Royal in Berlin - the last gathering of European royalty before WWI

Background imagePrussian Collection: Germany Berlin

Germany Berlin
An Imperial procession passes through the Brandenburger Thor with banners waving, trumpets blaring and all the panoply of Prussian militarism



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"Prussian: A Legacy of Military Might and Political Strategy" The Prussian spirit, embodied by figures like Field Marshal Blucher and Count of Gneisenau, has left an indelible mark on history. From the Napoleonic Wars to the unification of Germany in 1871, Prussia's influence was felt across Europe. In the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Prussian forces under Blucher played a crucial role in defeating Napoleon. Their strategic maneuvers turned the tide of battle and secured victory for the Allied forces. But Prussia's legacy extends beyond warfare. Bismarck, known as the "Iron Chancellor, " forged a united Germany through his political acumen. Like a blacksmith shaping metal, he skillfully crafted alliances and manipulated power dynamics to achieve his goals. With its vast territories depicted on maps across Europe, Prussia became synonymous with strength and authority. The newly unified Germany emerged as a dominant force on the continent. However, not all relationships were harmonious. Bismarck clashed with Napoleon III during their infamous encounter at Sedan. This clash marked a turning point in European politics and set the stage for future conflicts. Yet even great leaders must eventually step aside. In 1890, Emperor Wilhelm II dropped his trusted advisor Bismarck from power - symbolized beautifully by John Tenniel's artwork "Dropping the Pilot. " It signaled both an end to an era and uncertainty about what lay ahead for Germany. Throughout this tumultuous journey, military strategists like Karl Von Clausewitz provided intellectual guidance to shape Prussia's approach to war. Their theories influenced generations of military thinkers worldwide. From battles like Rothiere in 1814 to Koniggratz in 1866, where Austria-Hungarian War Bonds were advertised as symbols of national pride; each conflict showcased Prussia's determination and resilience against formidable adversaries. Today we remember Prussia as a force that shaped history, leaving an indelible mark on Europe.