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Battle of Ramillies

Conflict: War of the Spanish Succession
Date: May 23, 1706
Location: Near Ramillies
Outcome: Decisive Allied victory
Combatants
Britain, Netherlands, Allies France, Spain, Bavaria
Commanders
Duke of Marlborough duc de Villeroi
Maximilian II Emanuel
Strength
62,000 60,000
Casualties
3,620 dead or wounded 12,000 dead, wounded, or captured
War of the Spanish Succession
Cremona – Luzzara – Friedlingen – Vigo BayBlenheimRamilliesTurinAlmansa – Villaviciosa – OudenardeMalplaquetDenain

The Battle of Ramillies was a major battle in the War of Spanish Succession, May 23, 1706. The Duke of Marlborough, leading English, Dutch, and German troops, decisively defeated a French army led by the duc de Villeroi at Ramillies-Offus, near Namur, on the bank of the river Mehaigne in Brabant. This victory cleared the French from the Spanish Netherlands, and led to the capture of the cities of Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent. Charles II was the last Habsburg King of Spain. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... Events March 27 - Concluding that Emperor Iyasus I of Ethiopia had abdicated by retiring to a monastery, a council of high officials appoint Tekle Haymanot I Emperor of Ethiopia May 23 - Battle of Ramillies September 7 - The Battle of Turin in the War of Spanish Succession - forces of Austria and... Ramillies is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant. ... The Free State of Bavaria  (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ... John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in his Garter robes The Most Noble John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (May 26, 1650 – June 16, 1722), in full The Most Noble Captain-General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Earl of Marlborough, Baron Churchill of Sandridge, Lord Churchill of Eyemouth, KG... Duc de Villeroi, engraving by Merian, 1695, the year he was made Captain of the Guards François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi (April 7, 1644 - July 18, 1730), French soldier, came of a noble family which had risen into prominence in the reign of Charles IX. His father Nicolas... Maximilian II Emanuel (July 11, 1662 - February 26, 1726) was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and an elector (Kurfürst) of the Holy Roman Empire. ... Charles II was the last Habsburg King of Spain. ... The Battle of Cremona was a battle of the War of the Spanish Succession that took place on February 1, 1702 between France and Austria. ... The Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October 1702 by Ludolf Bakhuizen, painted c. ... The Battle of Blenheim was a major battle in the War of the Spanish Succession, August 13, 1704. ... The Battle of Turin took place on 7 September 1706 west of the city of Turin during the War of the Spanish Succession. ... The Battle of Almansa, part of the War of the Spanish Succession, took place in 1707. ... The Battle of Oudenarde (or Audenaarde) was a key battle in the War of the Spanish Succession. ... The Battle of Malplaquet was a battle of the War of the Spanish Succession that took place on September 11, 1709 between France and a British–Austrian alliance (known as the Allies). ... The Battle of Denain was fought on July 24, French victory under General Villars against Austrian and Dutch forces under Prince Eugene. ... Charles II was the last Habsburg King of Spain. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... Events March 27 - Concluding that Emperor Iyasus I of Ethiopia had abdicated by retiring to a monastery, a council of high officials appoint Tekle Haymanot I Emperor of Ethiopia May 23 - Battle of Ramillies September 7 - The Battle of Turin in the War of Spanish Succession - forces of Austria and... John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in his Garter robes The Most Noble John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (May 26, 1650 – June 16, 1722), in full The Most Noble Captain-General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Earl of Marlborough, Baron Churchill of Sandridge, Lord Churchill of Eyemouth, KG... Duc de Villeroi, engraving by Merian, 1695, the year he was made Captain of the Guards François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi (April 7, 1644 - July 18, 1730), French soldier, came of a noble family which had risen into prominence in the reign of Charles IX. His father Nicolas... Namur, the Meuse, the Walloon parliament and the citadel. ... Historically, Brabant has been the name of several administrative entities in the Low Countries with quite different geographical extent: as Carolingian shire (pagus Bracbatensis), located between the rivers Scheldt and Dijle (between 9th-11th century); as landgraviat: the part of the shire between the rivers Dender and Dijle (from 1085... This article or section should be merged with Seventeen Provinces The Spanish Netherlands was a portion of the Low Countries controlled by Spain from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. ... The Cathedral of our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp) in the Handschoenmarkt, in the old quarter of Antwerp is the largest cathedral in the Low Countries and home to a number of triptychs by Renaissance Belgian painter Rubens. ... Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges has many waterways that run through the city. ... This page is about the Belgian city. ...


The two armies were evenly matched, with about 50,000 men apiece. The battle began when the English attacked, over the Little Geete, the French left. The French reserve was drawn away to meet the English attack. While this was going on on the French left, the French cavalry was able to defeat the Allied cavalry on the right. Marlborough ordered his right wing cavalry to move to his left to stabilize the cavalry battle there. He also ordered his battalions on his right to withdraw to their original positions. When the Allied then launched an attack against the French center and left, the French reserve was not in a position to stop the attack, having been drawn away early in the battle. The French attempted to form a second line, but it did not hold. The French were routed, and the battle ended with the Allied capturing 5,600 prisoners.


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