In this detailed and highly entertaining book the author tells of the extraordinary military achievements of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough who successfully conducted twenty-six successful formal sieges during the height of the War of the Spanish Succession.
Rivalled 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 Marlborough||p. vii|
|The Stone Entanglement||p. 1|
|This is the King of Spain: The War of the Spanish Succession, 1702||p. 25|
|Troublesome Neighbours: The Dutch Frontier, 1702-1703||p. 35|
|Over the Hills and Far Away: The Danube, the Rhine and the Moselle, 1704-1705||p. 67|
|Glorious News of Success: Ostend, Menin, Dendermonde and Ath, 1706||p. 93|
|The Great Campaign: The Siege of Lille, 1708||p. 117|
|The Battles for Supply: Wynendael and the Fall of Lille, Autumn 1708||p. 151|
|The Daily Springing of New Mines: Tournai and Mons, 1709||p. 167|
|This Defence was the Best: Douai, Bethune, St Venant and Aire, 1710||p. 195|
|Make War Like a Fox: Marlborough's Final Triumph at Bouchain, 1711||p. 223|
|Epilogue: Better an Imperfect Peace, 1712-1713||p. 247|
|Chronological List of Marlborough's Siege Operations||p. 251|
|Glossary of Siege Terms||p. 253|
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Series: Tempus Ser.
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.68