Battle of Dettingen

King George II with the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Dettingen
King George II with the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Dettingen

Historical Context

When Charles VI died in 1740, Europe exploded into conflict over the question of his successor. Maria Theresa, his daughter, stepped into fill his role. Several European nations led by France and Prussia rejected her legitimacy as Salic laws prevented inheritance of the Hapsburg monarchy by a woman, and for various other reasons.

For 7 years the conflict raged. One of the more notable battles was that at Dettingen in Bavaria (now Karlstein am Main). A British-led force defeated the French Army - but it marked the last time a British monarch personally led his troops into battle, as George II commanded the British force.

Painting Info


Location painted: Dettingen, Bavaria

Source: British Battles

Related Events

  • 1743-06-27 War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch commanded troops in the field.

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