Battle of the Schellenberg, 2 July 1704
Battle during the War of the Spanish Succession. The Duke of Marlborough, marching from Flanders to Bavaria, approached the line of the Danube with 35,000 men. The French had 64,000 men in the vicinity of the river, with 10,000 of them on the Schellenberg, a hill that rises some 200-300 feet above the river, and commanded the crossing at Donauworth. Much to the surprise of the French, Marlborough launched an attack on the hill, and after heavy fighting captured the hill. Stung, the French pulled back, allowing Marlborough to capture Donauworth without a siege, and get across the Danube without problems.
How to cite this article:
Rickard, J. (8 January 2001), Battle of the Schellenberg, 2 July 1704, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_schellenberg.html