Malplaquet


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Malplaquet

 

a village in Belgium near Mons and Valenciennes; near Malplaquet on Sept. 11, 1709, during the War of the Spanish Succession, there was a major encounter battle between the French Army of Marshal C. de Villars (90,000 men) and the combined English, Austrian, and Dutch forces under Prince Eugene of Savoy and the duke of Marlborough (117,000 men).

Savoy was able to envelop the left flank of the French Army and draw its reserves off in that direction. Then the allies attacked the center and right flank of the French, and the French, who lost 14,000 men, were forced to retreat toward Valenciennes. The allies soon (in October 1709) took the important fortress at Mons. The battle of Malplaquet was a typical battle of the period when linear tactics prevailed; it serves as an example of Savoy’s skill as a military leader.

References in classic literature ?
We passed the pretty cottage where the murdered man had lived, and walked up an oak-lined avenue to the fine old Queen Anne house, which bears the date of Malplaquet upon the lintel of the door.
The war went on for over eight years beyond 1704, and the bloody battle of Malplaquet in northern France on September 11, 1709 was a Pyrrhic victory soiled by perhaps 24,000 dead and wounded allied troops.
* In "Were There Really Rules?," Whitman agrees that the eighteenth century was an era of exceptionally restrained warfare, although it saw actions such as the unusually bloody battle of Malplaquet in 1709 during the War of the Spanish Succession; the clash produced some 32,000 casualties.
Syunning Malplaquet House lies in the heart of the historic East End of London.
The 2nd battalion acted as the advance guard for the Brigade and crossed the Belgian frontier at 4.30am on Sunday, August 23, at Malplaquet, the site of a famous victory against the French by the Duke of Marlborough in 1709.
8) Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet. (The mnemonic to remember the dates is the phone number BROM 4689).
Their illustrious Battle Honours include historic skirmishes such as: Malplaquet, Belle Isle, Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Tirah, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, and South Africa 1899-1902.
(17) Il s'agit d'une chanson composee apres la bataille de Malplaquet. Celle-ci a eu lieu en 1709 dans le cadre de la guerre de Succession d'Espagne, dans laquelle les forces commandees par le general John Churchill, duc de Marlborough (devenu Marlbrough dans la chanson en francais et Mambru en espagnol), et le prince Eugene de Savoie, la plupart autrichiennes et hollandaises, affronterent les Francais.
Severely wounded by sword and bullet during the battle of Malplaquet, he was left for dead and became a prisoner of war for fifteen months.