Dettingen


This contemporary print shows the Allied troops just beyond Aschaffenburg which is in the foreground and the French the other side of the smoke. Dettingen is behind the French, shown as a small village with a spired church. The River Main has two pontoon bridges built by the French. The French army are retreating across these bridges and swimming the river. One of the bridges broke up causing many soldiers to drown. French artillery can be seen on the south bank. The artist has also shown British artillery in the middle ground, on the left flank of the army but this would have left them exposed to the French fire. The King can be seen on the right of the picture, standing with sword in hand in a rather exposed place.


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by Stephen Luscombe