Marlborough's Sieges

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This detailed and highly entertaining book tells of the extraordinary military achievement of John Chruchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough who successfully conducted 26 formal sieges during the height of the War of the Spanish Succession. Rivaled by none, this astonishing record has, until now, been eclipsed by the Duke's great victories in open battle. For the first time a thoroughly researched account of these extensive and bitterly fought campaigns is provided, putting the sieges in the context of the Duke’s wider ...

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Overview

This detailed and highly entertaining book tells of the extraordinary military achievement of John Chruchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough who successfully conducted 26 formal sieges during the height of the War of the Spanish Succession. Rivaled by none, this astonishing record has, until now, been eclipsed by the Duke's great victories in open battle. For the first time a thoroughly researched account of these extensive and bitterly fought campaigns is provided, putting the sieges in the context of the Duke’s wider campaigns and war aims, and giving the reader a thought-provoking analysis of his achievements in siege warfare, which parallel his victories in open battle. The scientific approach developed for use in siege warfare in the early 18th century is fully explored, along with an extensive assessment of the methods of the engineer genius, Sebastien le Prestre, Marshal Vauban, who was given the task of defending France’s northern border by King Louis XIV. This fascinating book also includes detailed contemporary plans of Vauban’s fortresses, captured by Marlborough.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862273405
  • Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by His Grace the Duke of Marlborough     vii
Introduction     ix
The Stone Entanglement     1
This is the King of Spain: The War of the Spanish Succession, 1702     25
Troublesome Neighbours: The Dutch Frontier, 1702-1703     35
Over the Hills and Far Away: The Danube, the Rhine and the Moselle, 1704-1705     67
Glorious News of Success: Ostend, Menin, Dendermonde and Ath, 1706     93
The Great Campaign: The Siege of Lille, 1708     117
The Battles for Supply: Wynendael and the Fall of Lille, Autumn 1708     151
The Daily Springing of New Mines: Tournai and Mons, 1709     167
This Defence was the Best: Douai, Bethune, St Venant and Aire, 1710     195
Make War Like a Fox: Marlborough's Final Triumph at Bouchain, 1711     223
Epilogue: Better an Imperfect Peace, 1712-1713     247
Chronological List of Marlborough's Siege Operations     251
Glossary of Siege Terms     253
Bibliography     259
Index     263
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