Friday, October 29, 2010

Encounter at Sea

Balearic Sea, 10th August 1713

The small Catalan convoy had sailed off Sant Feliu de Guíxols harbour in direction to Barcelona, transporting a couple hundreds of French prisoners and a battalion of Mountain Fusiliers, under escort of the "Sant Francesc de Paula" warship. Their raid on Sant Feliu de Guíxols had been a complete success, and it seemed it would be a quiet journey back home. But at a short distance from the Catalonian capital city, a lookout gave a warning voice, that a Spanish fleet had been sighted sailing in their same direction, following a slightly convergent route to theirs own. Short time later, when both groups of ships were close enough, they found that what had been taken as a hostile squadron was actually another convoy, which consisted mostly of coastal ships and barges.

However, the Catalan warship captain Josep Tauler was not reassured at all, because he soon discovered that the Spanish convoy was escorted by two war galleys. He knew very well it would be a mistake underestimating galleys due to, in spite of their apparently fragile appearance, their ability to maneuver contrary to wind and their front guns made them deadly predators of sailing ships -even those heavily armed. It was not uncommon for a galley to cut into pieces a reckless 4th rate warship, so that their ship could be a fairly easy prey for two determined and well coordinated galleys.

Therefore, he breathed deep when it was found that the Spanish ships started an evasive maneuver to escape and avoid contact with them. Perhaps he wouldn't have felt so happy if had known the Spanish convoy load: a full infantry battalion, recently evacuated from the Savoy border with destination to the port of Peniscola.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Templates general re-organization

In my latest post dating from yesterday, I introduced a new Catalan/Galatan Infantry Regiment as a main component of the Sardinia island garrison. Surprisingly to some of you, when making a uniform/flags template and including it into my Army List page, I gave it the sequence number 3 and classified it as "Senior High Regiment", apparently jumping some places into the Catalan/Galatan Infantry hierarchy.

The fact is that a couple of weeks ago I was acknowledged about the existance of another Historical WSS Catalan Regiment else -which I had never realized about before, and consequently I had never studied in my booklet Catalonia Stands Alone. As commented in yesterday's tale, after the battle of Almansa (1707), the Austro-Catalan defence lines literally vanished, so that Valencia and Aragon were occupied and a real danger existed for Catalonia to also being invaded by the Two Crowns. To prevent this, a number of units were hurriedly raised by the Catalans in 1708, either financed by the General Deputation, larger Municipalities or individuals. Once the immediate danger had vanished by 1709 or 1710, nearly all of these supernumerary regiments were disbanded again, for their maintenance was too expensive for the empoverished Catalan institutions. Blinded by such generalistic data, I had so far neglected revising each one's particular histories, so that this Regiment existence had passed completely unadverted to me... until a few days ago.

Colonel Llorach's Regiment actually existed, then. It was formed inside Catalonia in 1708 with some 200 Catalan citizens, and was afterwards destined to Sardinia island, where it was completed to full strength with Sardinian naturals and likely put under pay of the Sardinian Stamenti. The unit's second in command was Josep Erill, son of Viceroy Andreu Roger d'Erill. A part from this, all the uniform colours and details in the unit's template are completely fictitious, as speculative are their flags too. The Saint Antiochus name is also fictional, given to the unit for consistance with proper Catalan regiments. However, it still is a Historical unit, older than all the rest of Catalan Infantry regiments in my story, except for the Royal Catalan Guards (1705), General Deputation (1705) and Barcelona City (1706), so that I thought it better to re-form my Army listings to give the appropriate status to this my new acquisition.

I've taken advantage to start a general revision of my templates collection, in order to give them a more "realistic" consistance. Therefore, all the units will be classified after their hierarchy -and this will depend on their actual veteranship:
  • Senior High Regiments: All these units are Historical and were created before 1713. These are the most veteran, "venerable" regiments of the Army. Their Colonel Flags are those closest to the pattern described in King Charles' 1706 Ordnances, and include at the obverse His Coat of Arms as King of Spain.

  • Senior Regiments: These are also Historical regiments, created by the Catalan institutions in June-July 1713 after the Imperial withdrawal. Their Colonel Flags are similar to the above, except that the depicted Royal Coat of Arms is fictional, intended to represent a transitional design of Charles as King of Aragon.

  • Junior Regiments: All the units in this category are fictitious or speculative, created on the way during the current wargaming/narrative campaign. Colonel Flags show a pattern different to those above, with a different arrangement of pieces. The Coat of Arms at the obverse is representing a more fixed design, recovering some traditional heraldic elements of the re-born Catalan-Aragonese Nation, such as the angels supporting the Coat.

Finally, every revised template is also being added a reference to -for it was plainly fair doing so, as well as supplementary notes on their historicity degree. Only a few templates have been redesigned according to this new categorization so far -those of the Guards and IRs 1 to 7. During the following days I'll be progressively re-adapting all the rest.

Summoned to Vienna

Cagliari, 9th August 1713

Leaning on the broad window sill of his Palace office, the Count of Erill contemplated for the umpteenth time the letter from Vienna, which a courier had delivered to him as urgent a few days before, stamped with the Imperial seal. He still remembered the surprise experienced at reading it for the first time, signed at hand by Emperor Charles in person, when he learnt his assistance was required in Vienna before the end of September. The Emperor explicitly excused Himself for not revealing reasons in the writing, but placed much emphasis that it was "a matter of utmost importance to the becoming of Sardinia, the survival of the Catalan Nation and peace in Europe". Intrigued, he re-read the whole letter once again, for if there was any clearer indication of the intentions of His Majesty, but it was in vain.

Frustrated, Erill sighed deeply and returned to his armchair. He experienced again the feeling of getting old and tired. His health had deteriorated recently, enough to inspire him planning to ask his replacement as Viceroy of Sardinia before the end of the year, but the unexpected Imperial letter was just twisting his plans. He was a little scared at the prospect of undertaking the long journey to Vienna, but by a sixth sense he intuited the reasons claiming for his presence were that kind of stuff History is made of, and this meant an incentive too powerful for his restless spirit not to accept the challenge of inclusion in a relevant page of History -even as a simple witness. So he had finally taken the determination to delay resignation and go to Vienna, as Emperor Charles had requested. An issue was worrying and making him doubt still, however. He couldn't avoid the feeling that, if leaving the island, he would leave it helpless at the mercy of any unexpected Two Crowns' offensive.

The defense of Sardinia had been his priority since he came to office in 1711. By then, the island's only garrison was a regiment of no more than 300 Catalan infantrymen, which had been destined to Sardinia in 1708 -shortly after Almansa battle-, where they had been literally rotting away until his arrival. He soon got on with its Colonel, Carles Llorach, and jointly they worked for an agreement with the Stamenti (=Sardinian Parliament) for the unit financing, so that they soon were able to complete its theoretical force with 700 enlisted Sardinian naturals, all fully equipped by the Parliament. They even had the chance to create a company of grenadiers, which was filled entirely with those most experienced among the Catalan veterans. As a concession to the Stamenti, Llorach had consented to rename the regiment as "Sant'Antioco" in honor of the island's patron saint, and had accordingly added a Saint Antiochus image to the Regiment flags.

Not yet content with this, the Count of Erill had persuaded the Councils of the island's main towns, Cagliari, Sassari and Alghero, to build a "Coronela" urban militia each one, organized according to the pattern of the Principality, besides of promoting fortifications improvement and even financing with his own money a company of artillery. So, in fact, Sardinia was reasonably well protected in relation to their meager resources and population.

A knock at the door interrupted his thoughts: -Do I have your permission, His Highness?

-Please come in, Colonel Llorach! -the Viceroy answered-. As you know, I must go to Vienna, for I've been called by the Emperor. I wished to personally inform you that I intend to leave you temporarily in charge of the affairs of this Viceroyalty until my return, or until further orders of His Majesty.

-It's a duty that I accept with honor, excellence -the military said-. May I know the reason for the hearing?

-I do not know, Llorach. I've just been told it's a matter of utmost importance.

-Hum... I've heard that the Viceroy of Majorca has also been summoned to Vienna, just like you.

-Oh yes? How do you know this?

-By a Majorcan trader who came yesterday.

-Wow ... Yes it must be really important, then. The Marquis of Rubí and I, both at once? -The Count stood ruminating for a while, and then he asked: -Have you also heard any news or rumor about if anyone else has been called? ...Anyone from the Principality, perhaps?

-Unfortunately I didn't. Everyone wonders, but nobody knows anything.

-Curious. Most curious.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

15mm Female Regiment preview

The female Regiment Lady Elisenda was raising is nearly ready, so that I've thought it nice to show you a few shots on their late painting stages appearance. It's nothing of a piece of art, because I'm a real novice at heavy customizing; besides, as these are 15mm miniatures, there is literally very little room for spectacular conversions... However, I'm happy with the results so far, having all these inconveniences in mind.

As commented somewhere some time ago, I had planned at first to build the Regiment using the female Shivan figures of a new Sci-Fi range from Blue Moon but, once the minis on my hands, I had to give up those plans, due to Shivan minis were on the 15mm ranges taller side, so that they resulted hard to combine with figures of other makers. I finally decided to employ Minifigs WSS figures basically, using Shivans for replacement parts.

All the miniatures in the Regiment have been more or less heavily modified. All except the flag bearer have been replaced their heads -mostly with a Peter Pig she-pirate head but also, a couple of times, with heads scratch-built from Shivan heads and Black Hat tricornes. The officer has also been stratch-built from a Peter Pig pirate she-officer's torso and a Shivan's legs. Only one of the minis is a true Shivan, although she has been added a tricorne as headgear -no one has escaped from some conversion degree!

All the Minifigs figures have seen their busts enlarged with a small amount of green stuff, just the same way as hair of some has been given additional volume too, and... well, as a matter of fact there is not any much else to be told! Just take a look on the minis and let me know your opinion, which will be highly appreciated, whatever its sense! BTW, the miniature in a single round base (a 1 euro cent coin, in fact) is a nearly unmodified Peter Pig female pirate officer, who has been added a tricorne hat, no more. I'll likely be using it to represent Lady Elisenda in military costume.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Unexpected meeting

Monte-Cristo, 8th August 1713

The Marquis of Vilana had been roaming for hours across the vast halls of the Monte-Cristo Casino, at a deliberately slow pace to hide his increasing nervousness. His approaching steps towards eventual Ottoman dignataries had been relatively disappointing, as most of those he had met were not closely linked enough to the Sublime Porte, and the few who actually had access to the Ottoman Court had behaved extremely cautious, so that he had been able to obtain no more than vague promises to bringing the Catalan meeting demands to the appropriate instances in Istanbul.

Even more disappointing if possible, Lieutenant Leibnitz had come back a couple of hours ago with the discouraging news that -shortly after being acknowledged about the arrival of Marquis de Ordoño- all the French dignataries present at Monte-Cristo had simultaneously happened to go out for a hunting excursion, which probably would last for several days. Vilana bet the idea had emerged straight from Versailles! Tired of wandering aimlessly, the Marquis decided to finally sit down at an empty table and asked for a glass of muscat. While tasting the sweet wine, still immersed in his worries, Vilana was addressed by an approaching tall, elegant-looking gentleman, who appreciatively said:

-Ah! This good Muscat of Rivesaltes... Would you mind if I accompanied you? -Surprised, Vilana looked at the man, who had talked to him in Catalan language, albeit with a slight French accent. Wondering, he invited the man: -To whom I owe the honor ...?

-Dear Marquis of Vilana, I was baptized as Jacint Rigau at my hometown, Perpignan. But perhaps I am better known to-day by my French name, Hyacinthe Rigaud...

-...The famous courtly painter of King Louis! Dear Sir, I am pleased to meet a so remarkable artist! ...And what news are you bringing from Versailles?

Rigaud turned into a cunning expression when answering: -It depends what kind of news you would know, dear Marquis... I heard you were awaiting a response to some matters that lead you to come in Monte-Cristo...

Vilana realized his meeting with Rigaud was not any hazard, so he finally overcame his initial prudence: -Certainly, I was waiting for a response to the requests that Prince Eugene of Savoy had sent to King Louis, on behalf of the Principality of Catalonia...

Rigaud stared at Vilana for long before responding: -As you can imagine, King Louis rejects the possibility of an independent Principality under Emperor's protectorate only, because this might become a rear bridgehead to potentially hostile interests... and His Majesty fully agrees with his grandson Philip at this point.

-I understand the concern of King Louis. However... is He certain that such happy coincidence will be lasting any long? ...Perhaps the presence of an independent Catalonia would precisely be useful to France for... rebalancing things, in case that circumstances changed somehow.

Rigaud listened in silence, staring at Vilana with a slight smile of assent, and then replied: -True, there is some concern in Versailles lately about this matter, especially after the arrival of some disappointing informations about King Philip's actual intentions... As far as I know, King Louis would favorably consider the second proposal made by Prince Eugene, that one on establishing a Co-Principality... although... He sees there many gaps that should be stated clearly in advance. For example, the border delineation...

-Are you perhaps referring to Roussillon County?

-No, I meant Girona County -Rigau replied incisively-. Another issue would be your veto on French imports...

Vilana shrugged his shoulders: -Free trade. Mutual, with no tricks.

-And what lineage should the Principality's sovereignty rely on; as well as the protectorate formula, of course. His Majesty would not even hear about any Habsburg in charge of the Principality, or a Savoy.

-And by us, we would never admit a Bourbon. -Vilana quickly replied- Listen, dear Rigau: all these issues can be quietly and pacefully outlined at a negotiations table, instead of settling them on the battlefield as so far... Besides, I'm sure that, if this matter was visibly lead to a solution way, the peace negotiations with the Emperor at Rastatt would for sure take momentum too...

-These were also King Louis' believings. My friend Vilana, if you get an immediate cease of fire, rest assured that you will be invited to formal negotiations.

Rigau then stopped to call a waiter, and then told to Vilana: -Let me invite you this time, to celebrate this happy coincidence. Did you ever hear about the sweet wine of Banyuls de la Marenda? It is simply exquisite!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Preparing for battle

All fronts, 8th August 1713

In the meanwhile, the Two Crowns' armies were far from being inactive. Expecting some kind of Catalan move from the Pyrenees, the Spanish Army Group North hurried to re-assemble altogether in a single column again, after their rearguard troops had established a solid siege on Balaguer city -thanks to which their supply lines had been restored, so that they didn't need any more to be dispersed for foraging. However, this re-assembly move was not fully in time to prevent a big Catalan column falling upon one of their Infantry battalions, before this later was able to re-join the rest of the army. Besides, the rear column of the Army Group Center also re-joined their advanced troops at Igualada, after their successful assault on Cervera town, and now the bulk of the Spanish Army at that sector was concentrated face to a second Catalan column that had come from Barcelona to meet them -both armies were now encamped some 12 km from each other. As for the Army Group South, they were preparing again for a third, expectably definitive assault on Tivissa town, whose garrison's stubborn defence was delaying their progression beyond all provisions.

On the other side, French troops had visibly reduced their war actions intensity, so that this week they limited themselves to reinforcing the defence devices around Girona city. The captured city defenders were lead northwards, under escort of a couple of Dragoons squadrons.

Hot news: Alarmed and concerned by the unexpected news about Catalan naval actions in the Balearic Sea, both Spanish and French commanders have sent word to their respective High Command asking for naval support. As a result of Marshal Berwick's demands, the Toulon Galley Squadron has already been put in alert, so that 3 galleys have been dispatched to the area along with one privateer, and are expected to arrive in Perpignan in a few days. However, Duke of Popoli's petitions are having some trouble to be fulfilled: the Cartagena Squadron command has no more than half a dozen galleys in good shape, and most of them are currently engaged in actions against Moroccan privateers. Nevertheless, a word of request has been sent to Cadiz Squadron, which is said to still have some ships of the line in good operating condition.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Re-taking initiative

All fronts, 7th August 1713

Taking advantage of the relative paralysis suffered by the Spanish armies as well as the so far limited commitment of the French command, in this 4th campaign week the Catalans have re-taken initiative and moved before the enemy could react. This way, the Catalans have managed to gather two major armies potentially capable of stalling off the enemy columns they are opposing to, or even defeating them.

At North, thanks to the adhesion of General Moragues and his troops to the Resistance, the Marquis of Poal has been able to form a considerable army in the Pyrenean Valleys, consisting of 2 Infantry battalions, 1 Dragoons regiment, a battalion-equivalent number of "sometent" peasant militia and 2 artillery batteries (field and light). Under his experienced command, this force has marched southwards determined to clash with the Spanish Army North. Close to them, the Cardona garrison (consisting of 1 Infantry battalion, 1 Dragoons regiment, 1 peasant militia battalion and 2 artillery batteries else) awaits for orders to join the advancing column.

At the middle front, General Bellver had blocked the road leading from Igualada to Barcelona with 2 Infantry battalions, 2 Volunteer infantry companies, 2 "miquelets" battalions and 1 light battery, and is waiting for a supplementary reinforcement from Barcelona formed by 2 Infantry battalions else and 1 field battery.

At South, the Military Deputy of the Principality has started his way from Tarragona to the besieged town of Tivissa along with 1 Infantry battalion and 1 Dragoons regiment, just having come into contact with the Spanish Dragoons guarding that route.

At the rearguard, different columns and leaders keep trying to gain effective control of the hinterland, and General Basset has just sailed from Sant Feliu de Guíxols towards Barcelona, carrying with him some 100 French prisoners and 200 horses, under surveillance of a Mountain Fusiliers Battalion. In the meanwhile, Barcelona dockyards have just released another re-formed ship for the Catalan Navy, which is to be known under the name of "Nostra Senyora de la Mercè" (=Our Lady of Merci). Purchased to a Genoese trader with 24 guns, it has been upgunned to 34 cannons before release. Her command has been assigned to Captain Miquel Vaquer.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The galley

Monte-Cristo, 7th August 1713

The Marquis of Vilana was sitting in a comfortable rocking chair, enjoying the shadow under the Hostel porch, when Lieutenant Leibnitz came close to him: -Glad you're back again, my young friend, he said.

-I beg your pardon for having been sick these days -Leibnitz politely answered. He had slimmed down a bit, and his face was paler than usual, for fevers had been strong enough to have him in bed a couple of weeks. The Monte-Cristan officer Claire Baizanville, who was accompanying Leibnitz, sweetly put her hand on his arm and added: -You should rest a little more, Friedrich. You aren't in your best shape yet.

-I do agree -Vilana observed.

-Oh don't worry my friends, I'm actually quite recovered -the young officer quickly answered- Any further, this morning I went for a walk to the harbour with no effort. By the way, at harbour I noticed... well, something worthy to be known, Sir.

-The galley, you mean? -Frowning, Claire asked. Apparently she was already aware of the matter.

-Yes, a Spanish galley.

-I was persuaded you would notice it too, Friedrich -then, Claire turned towards Vilana, who was paying his most attention to the news-. Yesterday in the morning, a Spanish galley anchored in port. Her name is "Intrépida", and belongs to the Cartagena Squadron.

-I'd wish to have been acknowledged before -The legate inquired with concern.

-I believe so, Sir -Claire responded-, but I wouldn't like to have alarmed you unnecessarily. Not before getting... some further information.


-The galley brought the Marquis de Ordoño, Sir.

The Marquis of Vilana kept silence for some moments, lifting his hands up to the face and their palms together, as if praying. The Marquis de Ordoño in Monte-Cristo... it wasn't any good news. Ordoño was perhaps the most out-standing element of Spanish diplomacy, the one who lead the legacy of Philip d'Anjou at Utrecht... He envisaged a lot of problems for their mission from that very moment on. However, Vilana thought, the arrival of Ordoño in Monte-Cristo could also be read otherwise, for it would mean that their own job was being fruitful enough to get Madrid seriously worried about them... In the end, it meant the Catalan Legacy was on track -Well, it seems they're anxious to counter-attack -he simply said-. Alright, we must give them no time to breathe. Did you say to be in good shape, Leibnitz?

-Tell me, Sir.

-We must perform in advance to Ordoño. Try to arrange a meeting with French diplomacy as soon as possible; meanwhile, I'll try and prospect someone close to the Sublime Porte... A risky option, but at least it will keep them busy.

Following Vilana's instructions, Leibnitz was going out when Claire followed him. At the exterior gates of the Hostel, the beautiful Monte-Cristan officer stepped forward and stopped him: -There is more about the galley, Friedrich. Our agents have known the ship is full of soldiers.

Leibnitz shrinked shoulders and answered: -What's the matter? Our own ship also brought a military detachment, as you know, for protection of our Legate. These soldiers you say must be the personal escort of Marquis de Ordoño, I can't see any...

Claire then insisted: -A whole company of Royal Walloon Guards? They outnumber your Legate guard by 8 to 1! No, Friedrich, this is not merely an escort.

Leibnitz paled intensely, but resumed the march side by side with one of his soldiers. Claire chose to stay at the hostel, but after a discreet gesture of her, two Gardes de l'Etrier in civilian clothes started following both Catalan military from a safe distance.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Imperial withdrawal

Everywhere in the Principality, 6th August 1713

Following orders issued by their headquarters in Tarragona, all the Imperial garrisons and detachments still scattered around the Principality have started withdrawing from their currently held positions, in place of keeping in wait for their Two Crowns' replacement force to arrive.

Count of Wallis' main purpose is to have all troops under his command concentrated in the Tarragona wehereabouts before September 1st, when an English fleet is expected to arrive in the city with the mission to embark and evacuate them back home; however, in his mind there is also a second, not less important reason: he is determined to avoid any repetition of events like those happened at Tivissa or Castellciutat, where their respective Imperial garrisons had sided with the Catalan Resistance. General Moragues' sides switching was not entirely unexpectable at all, because he and all his troops were Catalans. However, Wallis understood that some kind of empathy towards the Principality might have arisen among his soldiers too, after so many years of fighting for that soil, and the eventuality of similar reactions by any other of his Regiments -either German or Italian- is nevertheless possible. Each one of the precedent incidents had caused some anger at Versailles, and the risk of an eventual break the fragile truce they had been granted was dangerously increasing. Count of Wallis was determined not to afford such risk of having war involuntarily re-started.

This way, the Imperial regiments still remaining in Catalonia have slowly started moving. The first one os the Hamilton Italian Dragoons, who have quietly abandoned Vic town and begun marching southwards. In the meanwhile, the rest of Imeprial units have started concentrating around their own headquarters, ready to leave on next week (=turn): Bagni IR at Tremp, Geschwind IR at Sabadell and O'Dwyer IR at Manresa. On the other side, Tarragona city is already hosting the Farber and Laborda Infantry Regiments, along with a couple of batteries.

In gaming terms, this event means that from now on we'll have on map troops belonging to a third side. Although in theory neutral to the two fighting sides (Bourbon and Catalans), the circulating Imperial units have a risk of being confused with enemy troops by either of these fighting sides, and consequently being attacked by them.

I'm still trying to determine how should this hazard be measured, but I imagine that a small column -lesser than a battalion- is in higher risk to be confused by both sides than a large force -whose displayed Imperial flags would for sure identify them quite well, with little chance of error in case of Catalans (who would identify the two-headed eagle flags as allied, or even theirs own), although with a still high chance in case of Spaniards (who might still keep doubtful even after having seen the displayed flags).

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New biography and uniform plates

I've made a little room and spent some time writing the biography of Lady Elisenda Folc de Cardona (a seductive character even for her creator), which can be found at the "Who is who" page of this weblog. It can be accessed from a link in the right side bar, too.

Besides, the "Army" page has been improved with some plates else (this time, those corresponding to Dragoons). I've also taken advantage on such update to re-classify the Infantry Regiments 8 to 10, and to add a short note at each plate's bottom specifying the degree of speculation or fiction in it.

I'll do my best to post a couple of further chronicles during this weekend, wish I find the time and inspiration for it. Thanks in advance for your warm support.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Amphibious operation

Sant Feliu de Guíxols, 5th August 1713

The operation had been planned and carried under the highest secret. As designed by General Prado, a handful of unarmed cabotage ships would sail off Barcelona harbour transporting a whole Mountain Fusiliers battalion, along with the light battery recently arrived from Monte-Cristo, and would head to S'Agaró inlet -close to Sant Feliu de Guíxols town-, where they should land. The convoy would be escorted all the way by Sant Francesc de Paula ship, which would be later used as a mobile artillery support for the landing forces. The expedition had to be lead by a resourceful commander, and the Valencian General Joan B. Basset was selected for the mission. Once on shore, Basset would also take command on the land forces already present at that place, leading all them to re-conquer that coastal town, which was key to the Catalan Headquarters plans due to its large shipyards.

Everything went as expected: the convoy arrived in Sant Feliu de Guíxols shores undisturbed, with no enemy ships on sight, and the St. Vincent battalion was quietly disembarked under close supervision of General Basset. In the meanwhile, the forces already besieging the French garrison -the "Àngel Custodi" Miquelets battalion and local militia- were reinforced by land by a third Mountain Fusiliers battalion, under command of Colonel Martirià Massagur.

Under the capable command of General Basset, this considerably large force assaulted and took the town in few hours, in spite of the French fierce defence -an exhausted Dragoons battalion-, who were exposed to the Catalan ship deadly cannons during the whole operations' development.

The French were finally overrun, not without serious Catalan losses so that, when the last defenders surrendered, the rash miquelets' first impulse was to slaughter all them. Being aware the Two Crowns' "Gallows Tithe" policy was fresh in his soldiers' minds, Basset had instructed his Colonels to prevent any retaliation, but on the field he was unable to stop some abuses until dismissing and arresting one of the Colonels and personally ordering that battalions' men to stop executions under death penalty.

Basset's severity proved successful enough, so that almost all the surviving French officers and nearly two hundred troopers were spared their lives. They were confined into the town's old monastery after having given a Christian, honoured burial to all the battle casualties -both Catalan and French.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols was back into Catalan hands.