Striking plan of Menin.
During the War of Spanish Succession, The Duke of Marlborough attacked and captured the French fortress of Menin, a first class fortress recently constructed. Menin had a garrison of 6,000 men commanded by Caraman.
At the outset of the Second Silesian War, Frederick of Prussia secretly concluded a fresh alliance with Louis XV of France. France declared war on Austria and Sardinia. An army was assembled at Dunkirk to support the cause of James Stuart in an invasion of Great Britain. However violent storms wrecked the crossing attempt, and the planned invasion was abandoned. Meanwhile, Louis XV in person, with 90,000 men, prepared to invade the Austrian Netherlands. One his first actions was the re-taking of Menin.