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#3407 Austrian Monument at Lößnig - Leipzig (Germany)

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Austrian Monument with typical "Doppeladler" (double-headed eagle) at Lößnig (Rembrandtplatz), a district in the south of Leipzig (Germany)

The Austrian Monuments (Österreicher-Denkmale) in Leipzig are four identical, except for the inscriptions, monuments that recall the successful participation of Austrian troops at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. On a granite base, which rests on a concrete foundation, a obelisk-like structure made of limestone rises. At the front it carries a bronze plaque with the names of the military units, the commanders and a memorial record for the fallen soldiers. Wreaths and garlands made of bronze adorn the sides. On the square end plate at about four meters (about 13 ft) in height stands on a double-headed eagle with outspread wings and the crowns of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, also known as Austria-Hungary Dual Monarchy. The eagle is pointing to the the enemy, in this case to the French-occupied city. At the obelisks are also the year 1813 and the days of the battles highlighted. The monuments were manufactured in Austria and arranged from the end of August 1913 to their free provided land squares in Leipzig, under the supervision of German city architect Otto Wilhelm Scharenberg.

The inscription reads;
General der Kavallerie
Friedrich Erbprinz von Hessen-Homburg
Oesterr. Reservecorps
1. Korps: Feldzeugmeister Grf. Colloredo
2. Korps: General der Kav. Frh. v. Merveldt
Dem Andenken der in den Kämpfen um Connewitz, Lößnig, Dölitz und Dösen gefallenen Helden.

Freely translated:
General of the Cavalry
Frederick Hereditary Prince of Hesse-Homburg
Austrian Reserve Corps
1st Corps: General of the Artillery Graf Colloredo
2nd Corps: General of the Cavalry Baron von Merveldt
In memory of the fallen heroes at the battles of Connewitz, Lößnig, Dölitz and Dösen.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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Sunday 31 May 2015
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