Historyzine 016 – Ramillies

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This is Historyzine, Episode 16 featuring 1706 and the War of the Spanish Succession. In Spain, Lord Peterborough and the Archduke Charles are busily not speaking to each other when perhaps they should be putting Charles on the throne and consolidating their power. In Flanders in this same year the Duke of Marlborough is leading his troops up against the French at the Battle of Ramillies. This is a particularly fascinating battle as it is a very clear demonstration of military distraction technique. This battlefield definitely dictates the strategy for the battle with only one section of it available for cavalry action but Marlborough manages to convince Villeroi that he’s going to do something else entirely. Villeroi falls for this feint and the rest is history.

As you can see from this map, the only clear country in which you can properly engage your cavalry is that section inbetween Overkirk’s troops and the Maison Du Roi.

The Linguistic History Trivia Bit for this episode covers the phrase, ‘Nose to the Grindstone’ as shown in this jolly picture. nosetogrindstoneThe podcast review for this time is Lars Brownworth’s delightful new podcast, The Norman Centuries. I don’t think I’m giving much away when I say I very much enjoy this podcast and await, with delight, each new episode.The Norman Centuries

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2 Responses to Historyzine 016 – Ramillies

  1. snowmane36 says:

    Hello-
    Thanks so much for the new episode, it was great! I’m very glad you had a Linguistic History Trivia Bit this time, I really enjoy those. For the record, I prefer long episodes, this war gets very complicated and the more explanations and background info, the better, in my opinion. Of course, make them as long or short as you want, they are wonderful to listen to and all your work on them is very much appreciated. Cheers.

  2. Richard says:

    An entertaining podcast again, thank you.

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