National Army Museum logo

  • 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

9 comments

Stephen Trinder
3 October 2013, 3.15pm

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, 4.58am

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, 3.49pm

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, 3.59pm

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, 8.18am

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, 6.45pm

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, 10.17am

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.

Roger
2 February 2013, 10.28pm

This battle deserve more

This battle deserve more noterity than it generally gets.

John Hale
1 February 2013, 1.58pm

An incredible march, a

An incredible march, a coalition battle - and we stuffed the French!

Add your comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

(By ticking this box you agree for your name and email address to be added to the National Army Museum's mailing list. You also accept the terms of the National Army Museum's Privacy Policy)

Please note: By submitting a comment you are agreeing to the terms laid out in the National Army Museum's Rules for User Comments. Any views expressed in user comments do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of the National Army Museum or its staff.