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The Siege of Maastricht took place in April–May 1748 during the War of the Austrian Succession. A French force under the overall command of Maurice de Saxe besieged and captured the Dutch barrier fortress of Maastricht in the final few months of the campaign in the Low Countries. After a relatively long siege the garrison of Maastricht capitulated and marched out with the honours of war. Maastricht was returned along with France's conquests in the Austrian Netherlands according to the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle signed in 1748.

Siege of Maastricht
Part of the War of the Austrian Succession
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Date15 April – 7 May 1748 (1748-04-15 – 1748-05-07)
Result French victory
 Kingdom of France
Commanders and leaders
Maurice de Saxe Hobbe Esaias van Aylva
80,000 men
  • 13,000 men
  • 600 guns
Casualties and losses
2,000 casualties
  • 2,000 casualties
  • 11,000 captured
  • 600 guns captured

Among the defenders were the Austro-Walloon Regiment of Los Rios, commanded by its Colonel Jean Charles Joseph, Count of Merode, Marquis of Deynze ; Charles, 5th Duke of Arenberg (Jean Charles' brother-in-law)


  • Browning, Reed. The War of the Austrian Succession. Alan Sutton Publishing, 1994.