Battle of Dettingen
The Battle of Dettingen
took place on June 16
(some sources, no doubt using a different calendar
, say June 27), 1743
during the War of the Austrian Succession
. It was the last time that a reigning King of Great Britain (George II
) led his troops into battle. The British forces, in alliance with those of Hanover
(the "Pragmatic Army" of 42,000 men), defeated a larger number of French
under the duc de Noailles.
In memory of this victory, Handel composed his Dettingen Te Deum.