Friday, August 27, 2010

Girona surrenders

Northern front, 24th July 1713

In the northern front, French/Gallian forces were also having some troubles. When the garrison of Sant Feliu de Guíxols was seemingly about to put to an end a local uprising, insurgents received the unexpected reinforcement of a volunteer fusiliers battalion –which were not able to turn the tide against the stubborn French Dragoons, but gave some relief to the revolted peasants.

Besides, the population of two towns else (Puigcerdà and the fortified village of Hostalric) had also rised in arms against their respective French/Gallian garrisons –although they were easily suppressed.

Better news for the French/Gallian headquarters at Perpignan was the victory over Girona city rebels who, having suffered a terrible amount of casualties at hands of the veteran Régiments Angoumois and La Marche, finally asked for capitulation terms. The French commander General Fimarcon demanded an immediate, unconditional surrender along with all weaponry seizure, offering in exchange that no sacking, burning or summary execution would occur afterwards. Exhausted, demoralized and decimated, the defenders accepted such terms, in spite of having given no guarantee about trials.

Once the city had surrendered, all their identified fighters and leaders were arrested in the following hours, and are now imprisoned in the local bullfight ring, waiting for being lead in Perpignan for trial.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Gee, I wonder if they'll be found guilty and executed.

-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

To lose a battle is not losing the war.

Hopefully the French judges will be lenient: who knows, maybe the French Crown will have the use of Galatan volunteers in the near future? [Monte-Cristo spares no effort to suggest this possibility at Versailles]. And it's doubtful the devout 'Queen' of France -morganatic but extremely influential- approves of Philip's barbarian orders: Galatea is basically Catholic, after all.

To put a 'fair' and definitive end to the bloody guerilla of Protestant Camisards they were proposed -despite the hatred accumulated on both sides- to join the French army in a regiment of their own, under their leader Jean Cavalier. The unit was to be garrisoned at the border with a Catholic country, probably the (Walloon) Austrian Netherlands: distance from their homeland and the religious alignment of the area were to deter desertions, and the Catholic conviction of the potential enemy would ensure their 'motivation' and reliability.
In the end the project aborted when the cloth for their uniforms was already bought, but it's an interesting precedent.
Unfortunately, in the present case the traditional enemies of France -the Empire and Great-Britain- are, or recently were, sympathetic with the Galatan cause, so the choice is less straightforward....

PS: not direct link with Galatea, but maybe Elie Marion's 'French Prophets' in London have some 'Pulp' potential?

abdul666 said...

Immediately after WW2, with the beginning of the war in Indochina, those Frenchs having fought in German uniform on the Eastern front -well, those still in jail and not already shot down- were offered to 'redeem themselves' by volunteering to join a special unit, the 'Oversea Light Infantry regiment' to be sent there.

Now that France / Gallia is at peace with Great Britain / Britannia on the continent, Versailles may wish to use this period of 'rest' to reinforce the French positions in Africa and the Indian Ocean, always threatened by rival British ambitions. Goree and Saint-Louis in Senegal had be taken for a few months by British forces in 1683 (and will be again during the SYW) [a similar rivalry exists in Madagascar -unilaterally claimed 'French' in 1686 as 'Ile Dauphine'- though on both sides the ambitions are less feverish]. Given the troops know a high mortality rate in those 'unhealthy' countries, it would be tempting to send there a regiment of 'convicted' foreign 'volunteers'...

Soldadets said...

Actually, such prisoners were sent to Galleys or sold to southern French farmers. In 'our' EvE Europa, I guess that their final destiny has a lot to do with Marquis of Vilana's negotiations in Monte-cristo... :S

Soldadets said...

Anyway, Jean-Louis: your suggestion is a strong option for either the overseas adventures of a Gallian/French gamer, or for myself in case the 1713-1714 goes as badly as the 'real' one... :D