Blenheim 1704 : The Duke of Marlborough's Masterpiece Paperback
by John Tincey
Illustrated by Graham Tumer
Part of the Campaign series
In 1701, the nations resisting Louis XIV's attempts to secure the throne of Spain had formed a Grand Alliance.
Yet by late 1703, despite some successes, the overall outlook was unfavourable.
Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy developed a plan to change this and knock Bavaria out of the war.
On 13 August 1704 at Blenheim, Marlborough and Eugene attacked the Franco-Bavarian army.
Marlborough captured Marshal Tallard, 40 generals, 1,150 officers, 13,000 soldiers, 60 cannon, 300 colours and the French camp, hence destroying the myth of French invincibility.
This book demonstrates how this success came about, with illustrated analyses of this major campaign, focusing on battle strategies, tactics and conclusions.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, 72ill.1col.ill.
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 25/07/2004
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781841767710
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Review by jcbrunner
An ok Osprey title that heavily overemphasizes the British aspect. Why, for instance, is there an illustration of William and Mary, both dead around the time of the campaign. The overview map fails to account for the Hungarian uprising, which bound some of the Austrian forces and attention to the Eastern theater (and devastated their tax returns). In the presentation of the commanders it is the Dutchs' turn to suffer. Naturally, the commissioned paintings also focus on the British and the bibliography is almost entirely composed of works from British authors. If one accepts this bias, one gets a decent account of the battle.