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Minden, battle of

Minden, battle of, 1759. Ferdinand of Brunswick, commanding a force of 54,000 Hanoverian, British, and Prussian soldiers, manœuvred to tempt a French army, 64,000 strong, out of seemingly impregnable positions at Minden. The French commander, the marquis de Contades, obliged on 1 August. A brigade of British and Hanoverian infantry, misinterpreting orders, launched a frontal assault on French cavalry in the centre and, against all odds, held firm when counter-attacked. Unfortunately the British cavalry, commanded by Lord George Sackville (Germain), failed to move forward to exploit, and the French, having lost over 7,000, retreated.

John Pimlott

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