Warfare in the Old Regime 1648–1789

TitleWarfare in the Old Regime 1648–1789
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWilson, Peter H.
Book TitleEuropean Warfare 1453–1815
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
City, CountryBasingstoke

At about 11 a.m. on 11 May 1745 a large column of British and Hanoverian infantry approached a line of French troops near the village of Fontenoy, close to the modern Franco-Belgian border. When the opposing forces were only 30 metres apart, an English officer allegedly stepped forward and cordially invited the French to fire first. This story, though almost certainly apocryphal, nonetheless seems to epitomise warfare in old-regime Europe.

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