Frederick the great is one of historys most important leaders famed for his military successes and domestic reforms his campaigns were a watershed in the history of europe securing prussias place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1916. By dennis showalter 6 26 2007 o military history frederick iis first act on assuming the throne of prussia in 1740 was to take his state to war a consequence he later explained of possessing a well trained army a full treasury and a desire to establish a reputation. Frederick ii german friedrich 24 january 1712 17 august 1786 ruled the kingdom of prussia from 1740 until 1786 the longest reign of any hohenzollern king his most significant accomplishments during his reign included his military victories his reorganization of prussian armies his patronage of the arts and the enlightenment and his final success against great odds in the seven . Prussian infantry during the time of frederick the great of prussia basic background on infantry types like grenadiers fusiliers etc organization and combat formations support mhv . Introduction frederick the great 1712 1786 is one of the most fascinating figures of the early modern period he cut a path across europe both militarily and intellectually although today he is mostly remembered for his military accomplishments after his ascent to the throne of prussia in 1740
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