The Battle of Roucoux 1746
the Gentlemen's Magazine Vol. XVI 1746 page 542.
Copy of a Letter sent from Sir
John Ligonier to the Earl of Sandwich at Breda, relating to the
Action on the 11th Inst. Dated from the Camp of Losser, Oct. 12.
For fear the relation which the French
will give of what passed yesterday should at first make too great
an impression, I would not miss the opportunity of the post, tho'
upon the march, to communicate to you Excellency, that marshal Saxe
attacked our army yesterday on the left wing, where the Dutch, after
a long resistance, and behaving themselves extremely well, were
obliged at last to give way to numbers. Three villages occupied
by eight battalions, English, Dutch, and Hessians having been attacked
by 45 French battalions, who were twice repulsed, were also constrained
to give way in turn. But the English horse repulsed the enemy continually.
I think this affair, to give it the right name, cannot be called
a battle, for I question whether one third of the army was engaged.
The cannonading was terrible on both sides. I believe our loss to
be 4 or 5000 men, and that of the French to be double. The army
retired in a very fine order. We suspect that the city of Liege
was betray'd to the enemy ; so that it was impossible for us to
continue in our camp. My letters are in great haste.
I have the
honour to be, &c.
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