Louis de Bourbon ~ the future Grande Conde ~ sporting his legendary white plumes!
Spain had been Western Civilization's preeminent Power, before the 30 Years War began in 1618, but had fallen back to the pack by 1643, with the Ascension of France, Sweden, and, though technically still not recognized as independent by Spain, itself, The Netherlands.
Louis de Bourbon, the Duke d'Enghien ~ later, le Grande Conde ~ led the French Army, that day, 22,000 men, against the Spanish Army of Don Francisco de Melo, of 26,000.
It was not a remarkable Battle, at first. Both Armies positioned Cavalry on both Flanks, and their Infantry in the Center. Bourbon had routed the Spanish Cavalry on his Right Flank, but the Spanish had returned the favor, by routing his Cavalry on his Left Flank.
What rendered this Battle remarkable, was what happened, next: While the Spanish on his Left Flank turned to attack his Infantry in the French Center, Bourbon boldly split his triumphant Right Flank Cavalry, and attacked the Spanish Center and the Spanish Right Flank!
Yes! He sent half his Cavalry all the way around the Spanish Rear and attacked the triumphant Spanish Right Flank Cavalry from behind! I have studied hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Battles, in my time. This is the only time that I've read about anyone pulling that off!
The results were spectacular. Conde ~ I'll just call'm that, now, for this was the moment where he transformed into Greatness ~ and his men annihilated the astonished Spanish Cavalry. Henceforth, it was just a matter of wiping out the surrounded Spanish Center.
Mind you: We're talking about the Spanish Tercios, here, and they held out resolutely, and with extraordinary discipline, much as General Wellington's Squares would, 172 years later, at Waterloo. But they never had a chance. The result was inevitable: Obliteration.
From that day to this, Spain was no longer a Great Power. It ended that suddenly.
As the great Billy Squier is inexplicably most remembered for "Stroke Me" ~ a good Song, but an unremarkable one ~ despite his having authored no less than 4 Songs that are vastly superior, Audrey Hepburn is, incredibly, almost universally most intimately associated with Breakfast at Tiffany's, a trite, shallow, idiotic, depressing abomination of a Movie.
Those were tremendous movies.
But neither'f'm were half so tremendous as Audrey Hepburn, herself.
There've been a zillion beautiful women, over the years, praise the Gods.
But Audrey Hepburn? Her fusion of Beauty, Gentleness, and exquisite, adorable Grace?
One of a kind.
Random Political Thought of the Day
We are indeed at an Historical Inflection Point in History.
The unspeakable scum who run FaceBook & Twitter, and who've flat-out censored the damning article written by the New York Post, appropriately dubbed the "Smoking Gun" which appears to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Joe Biden is a Treasonous Criminal, who gave away billions of American Tax Payers' dollars, in order to betray our Nation, to the benefit of our Chinese and Russian enemies, while stealing millions of our dollars for himself and his degenerate, criminal family, should be imprisoned, along with Biden, himself.