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Strength of heavy artillery was comparable, with the Swedes having a slight edge in quality and Imperial forces a marginal advantage in quantity.The Swedes had additional small artillery pieces (3 and 6 pounders) integrated into their infantry brigades and regiments, giving them a larger number of tubes overall.The Protestant coalition fielded about 42,000 troops (18,000 of them German), and the Imperial army about 35,000.The Protestants had a considerable edge in cavalry numbers, about 13,000 (5,000 from Allies) to 9,000.By the time he reached the Saxon border, his force had grown to over 23,000 men.In order for Swedes to attack the Imperial troops in the south, they needed to pass through Saxony in the night.His troops moved south into Brandenburg, taking and sacking the towns of Küstrin and Frankfurt an der Oder.It was too late and too far to save one of Gustav’s “occupied” allies, Magdeburg, from a horrific sack by Imperial troops, beginning on May 20, in which a major portion of the population was murdered and the city burned.
The level of technology was roughly equivalent, with newer, lighter cannon and matchlocks giving the Swedes a slight advantage.
Note the number of rank of flags in the stylized drawing of pike and shot.
The battle was overall a meeting engagement with both combatants agreeing to battle on the field.
His plan was to avoid contact with the Swedes, and ultimately the Saxons, until his troops could unite with the units near Jena (about 5,000 seasoned professionals), and the larger force of Count Otto von Fugger, en route from Hesse.
In this contemporary drawing, the Imperial formations (to the left) are deployed two companies deep, while the Swedish (to the right) are deployed just one company deep.