In 1708, the duke of Marlborough proved the truth of the axiom that the best defense is a good attack, both in politics and in war. He launched an offensive against tory critics and jacobite invaders in Britain, repressed Burgundian revolt, and defeated French aggression in Flanders. In addition, he authorized amphibious assaults on French empire in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and from New York to Newfoundland along the Atlantic frontier. In the spring of 1708, France showed its resilience after Ramillies by attempting to invade Scotland. Although unsuccessful, the French sortie delayed Marlborough's return to the Flanders front. Marlborough and his troops encountered the French at Oudenarde on July 11, 1708, where he emerged victorious and saved Belgium in the process. He forced the troops of Louis XIV, after five decades of aggression, to defend the frontiers of France itself.
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