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Marlborough's Sieges : Tempus Ser. - JAMES FALKNER

Marlborough's Sieges

Tempus Ser.

Paperback Published: 1st December 2007
ISBN: 9781862273405
Number Of Pages: 268

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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 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.

Foreword by His Grace the Duke of Marlboroughp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Stone Entanglementp. 1
This is the King of Spain: The War of the Spanish Succession, 1702p. 25
Troublesome Neighbours: The Dutch Frontier, 1702-1703p. 35
Over the Hills and Far Away: The Danube, the Rhine and the Moselle, 1704-1705p. 67
Glorious News of Success: Ostend, Menin, Dendermonde and Ath, 1706p. 93
The Great Campaign: The Siege of Lille, 1708p. 117
The Battles for Supply: Wynendael and the Fall of Lille, Autumn 1708p. 151
The Daily Springing of New Mines: Tournai and Mons, 1709p. 167
This Defence was the Best: Douai, Bethune, St Venant and Aire, 1710p. 195
Make War Like a Fox: Marlborough's Final Triumph at Bouchain, 1711p. 223
Epilogue: Better an Imperfect Peace, 1712-1713p. 247
Chronological List of Marlborough's Siege Operationsp. 251
Glossary of Siege Termsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781862273405
ISBN-10: 1862273405
Series: Tempus Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.68