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War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748)

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  • Vice-Adm. Savage Mostyn, MP (c.1713 - 1757)
    Savage Mostyn (c.1713 – 16 September 1757) was an officer of the Royal Navy who saw service during the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. He embarked on a political career,...
  • Lt.-Gen Richard Onslow, MP (b. - 1760)
    Lieutenant-General Richard Onslow (died 16 March 1760) was a British army officer and politician. He was the second son of Foot Onslow and the younger brother of Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House o...
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  • General John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll (c.1693 - 1770)
    "General John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll KT PC (c. 1693 – 9 November 1770) was a Scottish Whig politician in the 17th and 18th centuries." ===================================================...
  • Sir Frederick Haldimand, KB (1718 - 1791)
    Sir Frederick Haldimand, KB (August 11, 1718 – June 5, 1791) was a military officer best known for his service in the British Army in North America during the Seven Years' War and the American...

en.wikipedia.org - War of the Austrian Succession

The War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48) – including King George's War in North America, the War of Jenkins' Ear, and two of the three Silesian wars – involved most of the powers of Europe over the question of Maria Theresa's succession to the realms of the House of Habsburg.


The war began under the pretext that Maria Theresa was ineligible to succeed to the Habsburg thrones of her father, Charles VI, because Salic law precluded royal inheritance by a woman—though in reality this was a convenient excuse put forward by Prussia and France to challenge Habsburg power. Austria was supported by Great Britain and the Dutch Republic, the traditional enemies of France, as well as the Kingdom of Sardinia and Saxony. France and Prussia were allied with the Electorate of Bavaria.


Spain entered the war to reestablish its influence in northern Italy, further reversing an Austrian dominance over the Italian peninsula that had been achieved at Spain's expense as a consequence of that country's own war of succession earlier in the 18th century.


The war ended with the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748. The most enduring military historical interest and importance of the war lies in the struggle of Prussia and the Habsburg monarchs for the region of Silesia.