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The Battle of Villinghausen (or Vellinghausenmarker) was fought on 15 and 16 July 1761 between a large French army and a combined Prussianmarker-Hanoverian-Britishmarker force led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick.

Two French armies, under two Marshals, Duc de Broglie and Prince de Soubise met up in July 1761, intending to force Prince Ferdinand out of Lippstadtmarker, an important town. The allied Prussian-Hanoverian-British forces lined up along a series of hills, with their left anchored by the Lippe Rivermarker (in the north), and the Ahse River in their centre. The French army advanced on 15 July, and Broglie's troops in the north made progress against German troops under Wutginau. However, British troops under Granby just south of Wutginau held their ground and the French assault stalled. Reinforcements for both sides arrived that night and Ferdinand strengthened his left at the expense of his right.

The next morning, Broglie continued his attack on the Allied left, expecting Soubise to attack the weakened Allied right. However, Soubise only ordered a few small actions against the right, due in part that both French commanders were the same rank and reluctant to take orders from the other. Allied reinforcements under Wolff soon arrived along the Lippe River and attacked the French flank, halting Broglie's attack and forcing his men to withdraw. By about noon, the French were in full retreat and the battle was over.

Notable Officers and Regiments

Notable officers on the Prussian-Hanoverian-British side include:

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