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Battle of Blenheim

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The Battle of Blenheim was a major battle in the War of the Spanish Succession, August 13, 1704. A French and Bavarian army, under Count Camille de Tallard[?] and the Elector of Bavaria (Maximilian II Emmanuel[?]), were advancing on the Austrian capital of Vienna. To counter this threat, the Austrian commander Eugene of Savoy moved north and his English allies under the Duke of Marlborough moved south from the Low Countries. They first met up with each other, then encountered their opponents at the small Bavarian village of Blenheim, near Höchstadt[?], Germany. The battle was decisive in Austrian and English favour, and the French were thrown back across the Rhine. Bavaria was knocked out of the war and occupied, and the French allies of Savoy and Portugal promptly changed sides.

The allied army had 52,000 men. Marlborough was in the center, Eugene on the right, and a third group was on the left -- up against the Danube River. The French and Bavarians numbered some 60,000. The battle opened with the allied left attacking the French right twice and being driven back, while the French left attacked Eugene's forces on the right, which held their ground. As the French center was weakened by the need to reinforce the engaged flanks, Marlborough attacked and routed it. Wheeling left he rolled up the flank of the French right, driving many into the river and removing them from the battle. Savoy's troops then cleaned up the remaining adversaries on his side. French casualties were approximately 30,000, split evenly between those taken prisoner and those who were wounded or killed. The allies suffered about 12,000 casualties.

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