England’s Finest Soldier!???

John Churchill Marlborough – 1st Duke of (1650 – 1722)

Overly ambitious, self-serving, and sometimes arrogant, Marlborough was nevertheless one of the two or three finest soldiers England ever produced. He was a careful and very effective administrator, and an accomplished, clever and often brilliant strategist and tactician; he was loved by his soldiers for his concern for their welfare (thus his nickname, “Corporal John”). The power Marlborough wielded between 1702 and 1710 is unequaled in British history; one of the foremost soldiers of his day.

The Duke of Marlborough was the commander of the English, Dutch and German forces. He inflicted a crushing defeat on the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim.

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