Books: Empty Victory

A DAY or BATTLE—Vincent Sheean— Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

On May 11, 1745, at the base of a hill, between a dense woods and the River Scheldt in Flanders, the battle of Fontenoy was fought. From foggy morning to midafternoon the French Army (with Irish and Scottish allies), commanded by Marshal Maurice de Saxe, and an equal English force (aided by Dutch and Hanoverians), commanded by the Duke of Cumberland, engaged in confused and bitter slaughter. About noon, the English infantry broke through the French centre, obtained a foothold within the disorganized French lines, formed a hollow square against which French cavalry charged...

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