Battle of Blenheim, Germany. Turning the tide in the Spanish War of Succession the Marlborough’s Own 21st Foot helped defeat the invincible French army, kept Holy Roman Emperor Leopold on his throne and threw Bavaria out of the war.
The 21st were tasked with taking the village of Blenheim and destroying the palisade. During this they took heavy musket fire and were attacked by French Cavalry; however they were determined and stood fast. The efforts of the 21st alongside the 15th Foot ensured the surrendering of the village and the taking of French captives.
Following the efforts of the 21st and other British Regiments the Louis XIV French Army was no longer perceived as invincible.
They were honoured with the title Marlborough’s Own and the prefix Royal.