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Battle of Minden, 1759

PLAN DE LA BATAILLE DE / MINDEN. / donnée le 1 Aout 1759. entre l’Armée des Alliéz / & celle de France 1759 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:21,600 approx. | RCIN 732115.b

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A plan of the Battle of Minden, fought on 1 August 1759 between the Allied army and the French, resulting in an Allied victory. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south-west to top (cardinal points). 

A detailed plan, probably drawn by a member of the Allied army (more information is given about the Allies than the French), showing the movements of the battalions and squadrons of the Allied army; the names of the regiments are written beside the regimental rectangles of the Allied army, but not of the French.

The plan is drawn to a large enough scale for detail such as sunken roads, situated between the two front lines, to be shown. In the centre of the battle, French retrenchments and batteries, where the French formed into a square, are represented.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 888

    Condition: four fold lines. Verso: surface dirt on outside fold panels

  • Scale: not stated. 1:21,600 approx.

    19.7 x 33.1 cm (neatline)

    20.1 x 34.6 cm (image)

    21.5 x 36.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN DE LA BATAILLE DE / MINDEN. / donnée le 1 Aout 1759. entre l’Armée des Alliéz / & celle de France. [top left]


    George III heading: Battle of Minden, 1 August 1759.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased and partly illegible: old heading?]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Minden Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Minden, 1 Aout 1759.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (52°17'00"N 08°55'00"E)

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