By David Chandler
From precedent days, Europe has been formed and re-shaped by means of army campaigns regarding greater than 2000 battles. With assistance from a staff of individuals, David Chandler has assembled a accomplished advisor to 245 battlefields, giving easy proof relating to place, historic context and the target of every engagement, information of the opposing forces, casualties and consequence, and an invaluable bibliography bearing on each one.
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T h e Battle of Fontenoy is notable on several accounts. For the French it is the masterpiece of the Marshal de Saxe, a n d a victory with wide strategic consequences. T h e British have long recalled the stout-heartedness of the infantry, a n d look back with no less pride on the dash a n d sacrifice of their opponents in t h e Irish Brigade in t h e service of France. In the spring of 1745 the commanders of the Allied a r m y in the Austrian Netherlands rejected the project of the British general Ligonier for a thrust into France, a n d merely waited upon events.
T h e ensuing battle was m o r e a contact action t h a n a setpiece engagement a n d in this lies m u c h of its modern interest. Marlborough took a great risk when he ordered the m a i n body of the a r m y to follow Cadogan's advance g u a r d over the Scheldt at a point half-way between the town a n d the French forces d r a w i n g up behind the River Norken, b u t the gamble succeeded. At first the French were too surprised to react, a n d the D u k e profited from their inaction to h u r r y fresh battalions over the pontoon bridges.
Time was needed to regroup, reorganise and make the necessary administrative preparation. Once the skies cleared and the Air Arm could come into its own the issue was never in doubt. E. Courtrai (B**) Date: 11 July 1302. Location: Courtrai is 27 miles south-west of Ghent (Route 14 (E 3)) The battlefield lies near the Groeninghebeke stream. 14. War and campaign: Flemish Revolt against the French (see p. 378) 13 Object of the action: The French were trying to relieve their garrison in the town. Opposing sides: (a) Guy of Namur and William of Juliers leading the Flemish insurgents, (4) The Count of Artois commanding the French army.