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The tryumphs of war: or, Great Britain's repeated glory; being a new and particular description of the colours and standards taken in the famous Battle of Audenarde: where the French army, under the Duke of Burgundy and Vendosme, was totally routed by the confederate, commanded by Prince Eugene and the Duke of Marlborough.London, John Bradford, [1708]. 1mo (57 x 41.5 cm). With a central woodcut with two equestrian medallion portraits of Prince Eugene and the Duke of Marlborough, 48 woodcut flags (32 colours and 16 standards), and 2 decorative woodcut columns built up from 3 pieces each.
Not in COPCAC; ESTC; WorldCat. Only copy located of a broadside on the regimental colours and standards taken by the British during the Battle of Oudenarde, a famous battle in the War of the Spanish Succession fought on 11 July 1708 with the forces of Great Britain, the Dutch Republic and the Holy Roman Empire on the one side and those of France on the other. The commander of the allied armies was John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, whose chief deputy was the commander of the Empire's army Prince Eugène of Savoy. It includes a description of the battle, a list of the prisoners and fallen enemies and allies, and woodcuts of the captured colours of the French infantry regiments and the smaller standards of the cavalry regiments. Every regiment had its own colour or standard. These flags were an intimate part of the regimental tradition and heritage and often had their battle honours sewn to them. So capturing these regimental flags was seen as a worthy action, leaving the survivors of the regiment in despair, and they were brought home as war trophies. Due to their very nature these flags were constantly being replaced after destruction in battle.Some minor thumbing and subtly restored small tears along the extremities, otherwise in very good condition.
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