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Sir John Ligonier’s Martyred Road to Rocoux

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This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 15th Dec 2023

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Join Dr Alastair Massie as he examines one of the pivotal moments in Britain’s defence of the Low Countries during the War of the Austrian Succession.

In July 1746, Lieutenant-General Sir John Ligonier led four British battalions - all that could initially be spared following the recent defeat of the Jacobite rebellion at Culloden - to join the allied army facing the French in the Low Countries.

He was nevertheless optimistic. He had been promised command of the British-paid contingent, made up of 24,000 Hanoverian and Hessian troops, and expected to serve on an equal footing with the commanders of the Austrian and Dutch forces.

In the cruellest of betrayals, his expectations were to be confounded; an outcome which – in a most unexpected fashion – caused a fracturing of the allied army. It was a sadly disjointed force which, at Rocoux on 11 October 1746, faced its ultimate test as 80,000 allies arrayed themselves against 120,000 French in arguably the 18th century’s biggest battle.

In this illuminating talk, Dr Alastair Massie brings Ligonier’s journey to life and highlights his importance in the wider campaign to defend the Low Countries.


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2023-12-15 2023-12-15 Europe/London Sir John Ligonier’s Martyred Road to Rocoux Join Dr Alastair Massie as he examines one of the pivotal moments in Britain’s defence of the Low Countries during the War of the Austrian Succession. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2023/12/15/sir-john-ligoniers-martyred-road-to-rocoux-361929 National Army Museum,Royal Hospital Road, London,London,

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