Stately Minuet of Death: Maurice de Saxe at Fontenoy With near-mathematical precision, French marshal Maurice de Saxe arranged a trap for his less experienced British opponent at Fontenoy. This article appears in: December 2004 By Vince Hawkins In the Age of Reason, even wars were fought reasonably.
Article History Table of Contents Maurice, count de Saxe (count of) See all media Category: History & Society Born: Oct. 28, 1696, Goslar, Saxony [Germany] Died: Nov. 30, 1750, Chambord, Fr. (aged 54) Subjects Of Study: conduct of war Role In: Battle of Fontenoy War of the Austrian Succession See all related content →
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At the start of the Battle of Fontenoy on May 11, 1745, a French army led by Marshal Maurice de Saxe, the Comte de Saxe, suffered an initial repulse at the hands of Prince William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland’s British-Dutch-Austrian army. After that, Saxe decided to remain on the defensive, and Cumberland took the initiative.
Maurice, Count of Saxony was a notable soldier, officer and a famed military commander of the 18th century. The illegitimate son of Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, he initially served in the Army of the Holy Roman Empire, then the Imperial Army, before finally entering French service. De Saxe became a Marshal and even Marshal General of France. He is best known ...
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