Prussian regiment under General von Moltke at St.-Marie-aux-Chenes in the 1870/71 war
Prussia and Wars
In 1815 the Prussian armies under Bluecher and Gneisenau and an English-German army under Wellington crushed the last armies of Napoleon. On July 19, 1870 France declared war on Prussia and lost Alsace and Lorraine. It seems to me that this and the course of W. W. I in French trenches were enough reason for France to characterize Prussia in the Peace Treaty of Versailles as a country guided by the spirit of military attacks. With the Treaty of Versailles in mind the victors of World War II too eagerly believed in Prussia as a state with military ambitions. Hitler was not born, raised and educated in Prussia. Hitler was not the Head of State of Prussia but the Leader of Germany. The Germans imported this extremely unprussian Catholic from Austria. The Prussians were strictly Protestants with high moral and ethic standards. This misguidance contributed to the demise of Prussia.
American students of history hungry for truth concluded in their research that there were between 1800 and 1940 (including World War II) 278 wars.
England was involved in 28 % of these wars,
France in 26 %,
Russia in 23 %, and
Prussia in 8 %.
Prussia occupies with distance the lowest rank in international wars.
For centuries Prussia was the safe haven for people persecuted for their religious believes in Catholic European countries. Between 1685 and 1715 around 500,000 French Protestants - called Huguenots - immigrated into Brandenburg - Prussia. With their Calvinistic work ethics, thriftiness and diligence they did belong to the elite of France and now enriched Prussia. It is said, that around 1700 every third Berliner was French. Prussians with the names Craniers, le Jeunes, Boissons, Beaumonts, Marchands, Le Fevres, de la Gardes, Fourniers, la Roquettes, Lafargnes, le Grands remind us that they are descendants of the Huguenots. Around 1732 the Catholic Fuerst-Bishop Firmian of Salzburg expelled 20,000 Protestants - mostly farmers - which were settled in East Prussia. Prussians with names like Brandstetter, Hundsdoerfer, Reuter, Gschwandtner, Schwaighofer, Rohrmoser, Oberbuehler tell us that their forefathers were expelled Protestants from Salzburg in Austria. Thousands of Swiss Protestants, Palatinate Protestants, Walloon Protestants, Bohemian Protestants and Alsatian Protestants found asylum in Prussia.
thuat mi aus dem Vatterland um Gottes Wort vatreiba” were the Protestants
singing when the Catholic Bishop of Salzburg expelled them from their homeland.
Prussia became their promised land.