The Battle of Blenheim

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品 牌︰  Clash of Arms
型 號︰  COA TPS11B
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Many wars have been fought to tip or maintain that illusive “balance of power” between nations, while including other objectives. The War of Spanish Succession might be the poster child for “balance” efforts, as demonstrated by the British… who allied with the Hapsburgs to stop a union between France and Spain…

 

The war included battlefields as far apart as Quebec and the Papal States, from the Netherlands to Hungary, and to various spots all over the German states. Including a small village on the Danube named Blindheim… which the British would garble as “Blenheim.” Up to that point, things had been going well for the French and their armies looked to capture Vienna and take the Habsburgs out of the equation. Marlborough changed all that, but only after lying to his Dutch allies and virtually “stealing” the army he marched 250 miles away from the Low Countries he was expected to protect.

The battle went back and forth, with each side having opportunities for success but seeing confusion and heavy losses confound good plans. Certainly Marlborough and Eugene worked together marvelously well, especially for allies, which may have been the key difference. The French and Bavarians had their chances but missed them, needing infantry where they had cavalry and cavalry where they had infantry. When the British attacked the “seam” between the two forces. French losses were heavy, and their army’s aura of invincibility was gone forever.

 

 

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