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  • Date: 13 August 1704
  • Location: Bavaria (in modern-day Germany)
  • Campaign: War of the Spanish Succession (1702-13)
  • Combatants: Britain and Austria against France and Bavaria
  • Protagonists: The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy; Marshal Tallard
  • Outcome: British and Austrian victory

12 comments

rookie
4 July 2016, 5.41pm

Marlborough was not only a

Marlborough was not only a brilliant leader of an expedition force, he was a true believer in democracy. The remains of the two watermills saved his live during the battle of blenheim and brought victory to the allies.

David Bagnall
3 June 2016, 9.24am

An astounding commander and

An astounding commander and surely Britain's best by a wide margin. Not only was he a superb and gallant soldier but also a subtle and very effective diplomat. Without him the coalition would have fallen to pieces - he was the lynch pin of the entire allied war effort and shouldered more responsibility than any other English soldier before or since.
He was also a humane commander who had a great regard for his men and, once the fighting was over, for the wounded enemy as well.
Far more talented than Wellington and a far more attractive personality; we should hear more of John Churchill, as he was responsible for the victory of democracy (albeit fledgling) over an overbearing autocracy. He also laid down the seeds for the empire and the establishment of English as the international language. We owe him and his polyglot army a huge debt.

Andrew Carlisle
27 February 2016, 9.43am

Surely one of the greatest

Surely one of the greatest battles of all time won by one of the greatest military leaders Britain has produced. I can't fathom why it isn't talked of in the same terms as Waterloo.

Stephen Trinder
3 October 2013, 2.15pm

A brilliantly fought campaign

A brilliantly fought campaign and battle as Marlborough kept the French guessing as to where he was going marching up the Rhine and when he brought Marshal Tallard to battle at Blenheim he and Eugene interposed their army between Tallard and his objective - Vienna. Tallard's castle home can be visited near Gap en France.

brx
24 May 2013, 3.58am

Well victory was for the

Well victory was for the English but the tide was turned the courage of Eugine just as history depicts. He was a key figure in the victory.

William Franklin
17 February 2013, 2.49pm

Blenheim was arguably the

Blenheim was arguably the greatest battle won by Britain's greatest military commander, John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough. (Sorry, greater in my view than the great Wellington and the great Slim). His journey to Blenheim from Flanders, cooperation with the great Eugene and his mastery of the battlefield just make this battle incredible.

Lawrence WELLS
12 February 2013, 2.59pm

The turning point in Europe

The turning point in Europe with the French receiving a much needed thrashing. The first well-trained, disciplined British Army.

Stephen Davidson
4 February 2013, 7.18am

Blenheim is, without doubt,

Blenheim is, without doubt, Britain's greatest battle ever and Marlborough our greatest military genius. His planning of the campaign was masterly and his handling of the armies, their supply and our Allies was without equal in recorded history. The victory at Blenheim ushered in Britain's Augustan Era when the English language, developing Parliamentary democracy, freedom of the individual and free trade was spread around the world as the British Empire was established. France, with its ideas of centralised bureaucratic authoritarianism, was never the same power again, the era of Bonaparte being a mere efflorescence. It was established that the English and British way was the best way and Blenheim is still a lesson for us today as the nation gradually realizes that we must quit the wretched EU which is merely a modern expression of continental bureaucracy and lack of respect for individual freedom. Indeed it is not an exaggeration to say that, with the EU, France is still trying to get its revenge for Blenheim. We must never the debt we owe to Marlborough and his wonderful victory at Blenheim in 1704.

enrique99
3 February 2013, 5.45pm

I believe this to be the

I believe this to be the greatest battle, because it was a great British victory. Also the start of unequalled success for John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough and the British army. Tacticly astute and very aware of terrain. Getting the best out of his army, sending a shudder round the rest of Europe. His descendant (Winston) had a hand in the prosecution of WW2.

JonLee
3 February 2013, 9.17am

Britains Greatest General,

Britains Greatest General, John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, with an army as disciplined as the Legions, he attempted a faint double envelopment and broke through the centre of the French lines. Utterly brilliant.

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