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Action at Barfleur

Military Conflict
ConflictBattle of Barfleur
Date19 May(OS)(29 May(NS)), 1692
Locationnear Cherbourg Peninsula, France
Resulttactically indecisive,
Anglo-Dutch strategic victory
Kingdom of France
Kingdom of England
United Provinces
Kingdom of France Anne Hilarion de Tourville
Kingdom of England Edward Russell
44 ships of the line
plus auxiliaries
82 ships of the line
plus auxiliaries
no ships lost;
many damaged
1,700 dead or wounded>
no ships lost;
many damaged
2,000 dead,
3,000 wounded

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This article deals in detail with the action on 19 May 1692. For an overview of the battle, its background and aftermath, see Battles of Barfleur and La Hogue

The action at Barfleur was part of the battle of Barfleur-La Hogue during the War of the Grand Alliance. A French fleet under Anne Hilarion de Tourville was seeking to cover an invasion of England by a French army to restore James II to the throne, but was intercepted by an Anglo-Dutch fleet under Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford on 19 May Old Style (29 May New Style) 1692.

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