Osprey's study of one of the decisive battles of the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
On 5 July 1758 General Abercromby's expedition against Fort Carillon set off from its camp.
Within hours, tragedy struck. Some rangers ran into a French scouting party and in the fierce skirmish that followed Lord Howe, the darling of the army, was shot through the heart.
The army was shattered at the loss, but Abercromby went to pieces.
He decided to attack Montcalm's completed breastworks head-on.
Battalion after battalion was sacrificed, the most famous of these hopeless assaults being that of the Black Watch.
With the failure of his plan and the exhaustion of his army Abercromby retreated to the foot of Lake George - Montcalm had saved Canada, with Abercromby's help.