The British Army emerged from the crisis of revolution and civil war that had given it birth with a distinctive military doctrine based on movement, firepower, and aggression. But realising its potential required a master of war in the Army’s own image.

Below: The Storming of the Schellenberg, 2 July 1704. The weight and determination of Marlborough’s attack on the summit  of the hill ‘fixed’ the Bavarian defence, allowing Prince Louis of Baden’s Imperialists to break through a weakly defended sector on the right and turn the enemy flank

The Storming of the Schellenberg, 2 July 1704

The Battle of Blenheim, 13 August 1704

Above: The Battle of Blenheim, 13 August 1704, showing the dispositions of the opposing forces after the Allied deployment was completed shortly after midday and immediately prior to the commencement of the attack.

In both maps the British forces are shown in red, Allies in black, and the Bavarian (and French) forces in blue.

Taken from our new series A History of the British Army in 25 Battles. To read the full article, see Issue 12 of Military Times. 


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