Esteemed Readers, we proceed our chronicles of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). I have read an amusing report about a seige of Aix-la-Chapelle & would like to present you a small summer abstract of this war event lasted for a rather long period of time. f you are a fan of the Spanish army as I’m it will be a true pleasure for you to read about their great deeds. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Aix-La-Chapelle, 5th August,1632: “The Italians who wanted to pass the Meuse (river) at Stokein were thrown back 23rd of previous month & lost 300 persons. Prince of Orange became a master of two little towns (in the area) because the enemy had regrouped their forces. They secured themselves with a raveling & a demie-lune (a sort of a weapon looking like a half-moon) & exploded a cableway they had passed. Some men, including Colonel Proet, died. Both legs of Seigneur de Marquette were pierced with an arquebusade, Colonel Haerst got a shot in his foot as well.
22nd of previous month the besieged lost most of their people during a sortie, left 70 ones imprisoned. 26 of them were Officers, while the chief ones spent the whole day in the company of Prince d’Orange.
23rd of previous month in the morning the Spaniards made a new attempt to pass the Meuse at petit Meers near Ormond, but, from 400 people they left on the bank, 75 were captured & most of them were hurted; the rest were murdered or drown embracing their baskets or spears that were swimming away so the river was covered with them. Their six long boats sank, only two were managed to be saved by some Spanish soldiers encouraged with 50 richedalers (the local currency) they would be paid for that. The same day the besieged managed to explode a mine.
24th of previous month in the afternoon the Spaniards tried to pass the Meuse again but they were thrown back with canon shots. Three of their Captains from the boats were imprisoned.
25th of previous month, the day of Saint Jacques, patron of the Spaniards, they rested. Nevertheless, Comte de Stirum’s cavalry had a battle the night before under a false pretext to make this day special.
27th of previous month, the besieged made an assault on the quartier Brendenrode, where they were thrown back with losses…”
Vive le Roy! 🙂