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The Battle of Malplaquet, 11 September 1709

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The Battle Malplaquet (1709) was a battle in the Wars of the Spanish Succession (1702–1713). Here, the Duke of Marlborough and his troops enter enemy entrenchments. Malplaquet was fought between the Allied army under Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, and the French army under Marshal Villars. The French occupied a strong defensive position around the wood of Tanières in Northern France. After desperate hand-to-hand fighting the Allies won the day but lost over 20,000 men.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 106.8 x W 136 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1980-02-33

Acquisition method

gift from Mrs M. Austen-Leigh, 1980

Work type


National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT England

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