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“Time to act like who we are:” The battle of Rocroi

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Like other great battles of history Rocroi has been narrated and portrayed in words and pictures over centuries with various degrees of accuracy and flourish. This chapter is concerned with topics such as local history and lore, pure battle narrative or the combat experience of the common soldier. Both Rocroi veterans and contemporary historians of the battle would later argue that this combination of forces gave Enghien the victory and indeed it seems that the French adoption of battle tactics often associated with the Military Revolution was thorough and clear at first sight. Rocroi could not come at a worse financial or diplomatic moment for the Spanish empire, with all its resources committed to the war at home, its supply routes to the Netherlands cut off by the enemy and thus unable to repair the armys losses.

Keywords: Army of Flanders; Netherlands; Olivares; Rocroi



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