On the 27th of June 1743 King George II made history, becoming the last British Monarch to lead their troops into battle.
Now largely forgotten the War of Austrian Succession consumed much of Europe for 8 years.
Fought on the pretext of stopping a woman, Maria Theresa, succeeding to the Habsburg thrones what it really was all about was a power battle for influence, territory and trade.
The likes of Austria, Great Britain and the Dutch Republic squared off against France, Prussia and Spain, and in 1741 diplomacy rapidly deteriorated into warfare.
By 1743 the French and Bavarian armies were struggling to work together unlike the 35,000 strong Anglo-Allied army commanded by George II.
At Dettingen, in what is now Germany's Bavaria, the British king astride his horse personally led his soldiers onto the field of battle - the last time such an event occurred.
Perhaps more importantly George's 'Pragmatic Army' won the encounter and defeated the French. If he had lost in all likelihood the British monarch would have become the prisoner of France's Louis XV.