xxxxxThe Battle of Malplaquet, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the War of the Spanish Succession, was fought near the town of Mons in 1709. The French tried to relieve this town, and camped close to the village of Malplaquet ten miles to the south. The Austrians under Eugene of Savoy attacked, but could not break through the French lines, but Marlborough sent in three English battalions and forced the enemy back. Heavy artillery and hand-
THE BATTLE OF MALPLAQUET 1709 (AN)
THE WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION
xxxxxThe Battle of Malplaquet was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the War of the Spanish Succession. This ferocious encounter took place near the town of Mons. The allies had begun to lay siege to this town in September 1709 when the French, under the command of the Duc de Villars, arrived to relieve the town and encamped around the village of Malplaquet, some ten miles to the south. The allies, again under the joint command of the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, had no alternative but to engage in battle.
xxxxxAustrian contingents led by Eugene opened the attack, but proved unable to break through the French lines. Marlborough, commanding an Anglo-
xxxxxThe French, having left the area in good order, the Allies continued the siege of Mons and captured the town towards the end of October.
xxxxxIncidentally, the song Malbrouk s'en va-
Malplaquet: detail, by the French painter Louis Laguerre (1633-