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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 4:06 p.m. PST

…Heights, 1704


"The English under the Duke of Marlborough had marched hard into the very heart of Europe. With his Dutch, Danish and Austrian allies, Marlborough sought to smash a threat on Vienna from the southern German state of Bavaria and the troops of France. For the Allies it was a desperate situation. The fall of imperial capital of Vienna would knock the Holy Roman Empire out of the war, leaving England isolated. Pieces on the chessboard of the War of the Spanish Succession moved briskly in 1704, leaving a trail of death and destruction. Standing in Marlborough's way in dealing with this threat was an entrenched Franco-Bavarian force on Schellenberg heights along the Danube river. The carnage that would ensue from the coming engagement, would shock England and call into question the strategy of sending English troops deep into the interior of the continent.

In early July the weather had gone from unseasonably hot, to uncommonly cool with heavy rains. The Bavarians and French had arrived only the day earlier and had franticly worked to patch and improve the hill's entrenchments. Mother nature had assisted them with the rains cutting new gutters that would slow an enemy charge on their fortified fieldworks…"
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