The Battle of Minden 1759: The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War

The Battle of Minden 1759: The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War

The fighting in Europe during the Seven Years War hung in the balance. After initial successes the Austro-French forces had been driven back across the Rhine. With the opposing sides reinforcing their armies, the campaign of 1759 was going to prove decisive. Britain and her German allies met the French at Minden in Germany. Due to a misunderstanding of orders the British i...

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Title:The Battle of Minden 1759: The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War
Author:Stuart Reid
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ISBN:1473847338
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

The Battle of Minden 1759: The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War Reviews

  • Cropredy
    Jan 16, 2017

    "The Miraculous Victory" ? How could I resist with a title like this? Was this some Rorke's Drift-like epic on the mid 18th century I didn't know anything about? I quickly parted with my sterling during a recent visit to Foyles.

    Well, what can I say.

    A readable book with a maddening lack of maps to help follow the narrative. One will learn something of the continental war waged between King George II's Hanoverian allies (with a smallish British land contingent) against the French during the Seven

    "The Miraculous Victory" ? How could I resist with a title like this? Was this some Rorke's Drift-like epic on the mid 18th century I didn't know anything about? I quickly parted with my sterling during a recent visit to Foyles.

    Well, what can I say.

    A readable book with a maddening lack of maps to help follow the narrative. One will learn something of the continental war waged between King George II's Hanoverian allies (with a smallish British land contingent) against the French during the Seven Years War.

    Definitely a book for the specialist (although, as I said, it was readable). Chock-o-block with appendices including the full list of uniform colors of every unit (an homage to tabletop wargaming?). Thrill to the transcript of the inquiry into the alleged disgraceful performance of the British commander and his mishandling of the cavalry. Read yet another account of bungled British raids on France in an attempt to distract the French from invading.

    And that "miraculous victory"? Well, at Minden, the British advanced, the French attacked, slaughter ensued, and the French withdrew. Hanover saved! It is all over in a handful of pages and you almost don't even realize it has even happened. The actual battle of Minden doesn't occur until late in the book as the story is really about the period 1757-59.

    You can tell it is a specialist book as the book jacket blurbs all come from actual battle participants.

    Read this to enhance your curiosity about wars of the Enlightenment told from a point of view other than Prussia or Austria. And be sure to have some other reference with better maps (unless you are au fait with central German geography/ town placement or the immediate environs of St. Malo) - Suggestion :