After subduing the Jacobites in 1746, William, duke of Cumberland, was placed in charge of an allied army in the Low Countries, commanding English, Hanoverian, Dutch, and Austrian troops. On 2 July 1747 he was attacked at Lauffeld, just west of Maastricht, by a large French army under Marshal de Saxe. After heavy fighting, Cumberland was forced to retreat. Peace negotiations to conclude the War of the Austrian Succession began soon afterwards.
Subjects: British History.