Tower of the Lower Gate

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Coordinates: 50°19′22″N 17°34′36″E / 50.32278°N 17.57667°E / 50.32278; 17.57667
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Opole
County Prudnik County
Gmina Gmina Prudnik
  Mayor Franciszek Fejdych
  Total 20.48 km2 (7.91 sq mi)
Elevation 265 m (869 ft)
Population (2006)
  Total 23,133
  Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48-200
Car plates OPR

Prudnik [ˈprudɲik] (German: Neustadt in Oberschlesien) is a town in Poland, located in the southern part of Opole Voivodeship. Its population numbers 26,400 inhabitants (2005). It is the capital of Prudnik County.


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During the Seven Years' War it was the scene of a bloody surprise attack upon the Prussians as they were marching out of the city. The London Gazette of 25 March 1760 reported:

General Laudohn, who had set out from his Quarters on 14th with Palfy’s Regiment of Cuirassiers, Lowenstein’s Dragoons, 500 Hussars of Nadaski, 500 of Kalnocki, 2000 Croats and 14 Companies of Grenadiers, marched all Night with a View to surprise our Troops at Neustadt. The latter were scarce out of the Gates, when they were surrounded by those of the Enemy. General Jacquemin was posted with the Regiment of Lowenstein near Buchelsdorff on the road to Steinau, General Laudohn followed with the Regiment of Palfy and 2000 Croats, supported by 14 Companies of Grenadiers; a thousand of their Hussars were upon our right flank, the advanced Guard of which consisted of 100 Men under Capt. Blumenthal of the Regiment of Manteuffel. Capt Zitzewitz commanded the Rear Guard, sonsisting of the same number; and the rest of the aforesaid regiment, with a Squadron of Dragoons of Bareith under Capt. Chambaud, followed with the Baggage. General Laudohn summoned out Troops twice, by Sound of Trumpet, to lay down their Arms; which they not complying with, he ordered all his Cavalry to advance : Whereupon General Jacquemin fell upon the advance Guard, while General Laudohn himself attacked the Rear, and the Hussars, in Platoons, flanked the Baggage. The Captains Blumenthal and Zittzwitz formed their small Force in a Kind of Square, from whence they kept a continual fire. The enemy’s Cavalry nevertheless advanced six Times on a Gallop, to within ten Paces of our Troops; but perceiving many fall on their Side, among whom were several Officers, they retreated in great Disorder… The Loss of the Austrians however greatly exceeds ours; they buried above 300 Men, in different Places, and sent 500 Wounded to Neustadt. Besides which we have taken 25 Prisoners, amongst whom are several Officers. We had 35 men killed, and four Officers and 65 private Men wounded, in Manteuffel’s Regiment, as also one Lieutenant, with three Dragoons in Bareich’s… The Officers, taken Prisoners, by our Troops, commend highly the Bravery of the Regiment of Manteuffel upon this Occasion.

World War II

Prudnik / Neustadt O.S' was a stopping place on a death march during final months of World War II, for prisoners-of-war transferred by the Nazis from all over Europe to stalags built in occupied Poland. About 30,000 Allied PoWs were force-marched westward across Poland, Czechoslovakia and Germany in winter conditions, lasting about four months from January to April 1945.


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Coordinates: 50°19′N 17°35′E / 50.317°N 17.583°E / 50.317; 17.583

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