1760 - British canceled expedition against the Austrian Netherlands

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The campaign lasted from August to November 1760

Description of Events

Since August 1760 in Great Britain, considerable preparations were carried out at Portsmouth. A large squadron of men of war was assembled at Spithead along with transports sufficient to carry 10,000 men. Troops, both horse and foot, marched from all parts of England to Portsmouth. Mortars, cannon, bombs, ammunition and a multitude of all sorts of warlike implements both for the field or a siege where transported to Portsmouth.

All these preparations alarmed the French who prepared all their ports for an eventual attack.

About mid November, British troops (8,000 men), under the command of general Kingsley, embarked aboard the transports. Commodore Keppel assumed command of the fleet.

After a few days, the British commanders received counter orders, directing the troops to be disembarked. The expedition was then postponed till the spring of 1761 (in fact it would then be re-planned as an expedition against Belle-Isle).

Although the destination of the cancelled expedition was not announced, it is very likely that the British troops would have been disembarked at Blankenberge in the Austrian Netherlands and would have then marched to make a junction with the Hereditary Prince who was besieging Wesel. The defeat of the Hereditary Prince on October 16, at the battle of Clostercamp and his withdrawal to the east bank of the Rhine probably explain the cancellation of the expedition.


This article is essentially a compilation of texts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, pp. 544-545