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The Seven Years' War

Frederick II. the Great invaded Moravia at the beginning of May 1758 and besieged the fortified city of Olomouc. He hoped that the Austrian army would arrive to help the fortress and the Prussians would defeat them in a great battle at the site of his choosing.

Austrian Field Marshal Leopold Daun was well aware of the Prussian army’s strength and endeavoured to delay the final conflict. Instead, smaller units blocked the Prussian’s supply routes and caused them damages in small-scale attacks. The defenders of Olomouc also fought bravely and the siege lasted for much longer than Frederick expected.

As soon as Marshal Daun found out about the convoy he decided it must be stopped and destroyed. He entrusted General Major Ernst Gideon von Laudon and Josef Von Žiškovice with the task.