This contemporary lithograph brought a sanitized version of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 into children’s playrooms and family parlors. With throws of the dice the player could move a total of 60 spaces—from preparations for war in the spring of 1866, through the early skirmishes that predated the Battle of Königgrätz on July 3, 1866, to the Prussian victory parade through the Brandenburg Gate on September 21, 1866.

Children’s Board Game Depicting the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 (1866)

  • Jürgen Bartsch


Source: “Episoden aus dem Deutsch-Östereichischem Krieg—ein Würfelspiel für Preußische Kinder” [“Episodes from the Austro-German War—a Dice Game for Prussian Children”]. Pen lithograph (c. 1866). Original: Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin.
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© bpk/ Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin/ Jürgen Bartsch

Playing Colonialism (c. 1900), published in German History Intersections, https://germanhistory-intersections.org/en/germanness/ghis:image-203

Toy Plane with Pilot by Penny Toys (1912), published in German History Intersections, https://germanhistory-intersections.org/en/knowledge-and-education/ghis:image-71 

Children’s Board Game Depicting the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 (1866), published in: German History in Documents and Images, <https://germanhistorydocs.org/en/forging-an-empire-bismarckian-germany-1866-1890/ghdi:image-1297> [November 30, 2023].