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Breitenfeld (brĪˈtənfĕltˌ) [key], village, Saxony, S central E Germany. It gave its name to two battles of the Thirty Years War. Gustavus Adolphus (Gustavus II) of Sweden there defeated the imperial forces under Count Johannes Tilly and Marshal Gottfried Pappenheim in 1631, and the Swedes under General Lennart Torstensson there routed the imperial troops under Archduke Leopold William in 1642.

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