Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Duke of Popoli's answer

Tarragona, 29th August 1713

At his personal office in Balsells Palace of Tarragona city, Count of Wallis was looking once again, with astonished expression, at the response letter he had been delivered from the Duke of Popoli, commander in Chief of Philip V's armies in Catalonia. All around him, all Imperial field officers and staff in town were waiting with anticipation his words. He finally told them: -In plain words, Duke of Popoli is telling us that if French troops cannot be evacuated from the Principality it is our fault, because it's we who are blocking the port of Tarragona and therefore preventing them from embarking back home.

-What an insolence! -Colonel Hamilton impetuously exclaimed.

-He's not only criticizing our accusations, but in turn he's accusing us -Colonel Von Leipzig then sighed-. I'm afraid we're in an unpleasant situation right now, Your Highness.

Count of Wallis also sighed, nodding, and then asked: -Is there any news about the Two Crowns' Army?

-Nothing yet, Your Highness -von Leipzig spoke again. -They've camped all around the city, but have started no entrenchments or emplaced siege artillery, nor have taken any other threatening action. They've set up checkpoints at all city exits, but transit of goods is still allowed.

-How many are they?

-Our spotters have identified up to 8 Infantry Battalions -Hamilton answered-, 3 of which are French: Burgos, Toledo (2 battalions), Carmona, Guipúzcoa, Anjou (2 battalions) and Charolais. Besides, they have 2 Dragoons Regiments and 3 artillery batteries -one of which, a siege one. And there is another French battalion a few miles South, belonging to Orléans Regiment.

-...and they've come back to Tarragona, instead of attacking Vilafranca... What other moves have the Two Crowns made? -then asked Count of Wallis, intrigued.

-A little surprising ones. Their Army Group Center has retreated to a hilly area between Cervera and Igualada, called La Panadella. And their Army Group North has been split into two: all the French regiments (Beauvoisis, Sanzay, Blaisois and Castellas) are still staying at Ponts, while the Spanish ones have retreated to Balaguer. Oh, and at their rear there is another odd move too: A Spanish regiment has replaced the French garrison of Lleida -the regiment of Auvergne.

-Hum -Wallis reflected. -Thus, despite all the Duke of Popoli's haughtiness, it seems that our complaints may indeed have had some effect... Any news about the British fleet?

-Nothing yet, Your Highness -an aide-de-camp answered.

3 comments:

Andreu said...

I saw the map.
Catalonia/Galatia needs one Cannas 'cause the military spanish weight will be determinant at fight.
And Hannibal would be also benefit.

Jordi said...

So far we have achieved to do them fight where we wanted, but will be difficult to follow keeping it if Tarragona falls.

Soldadets said...

There are a number of factors to have into account --and most are strictly non-military. Nevertheless, we are still in our 7th week of a campaign that actually lasted some 60-70 weeks. In this our campaign, the Two Crowns have shown only a small part of all the might they actually launched against the Principality: 62 Spanish Infantry Battalions, besides of 68 supplementary French battalions since March 1714 (not to talk about Horse), against a force only slightly smaller to that of our Imagi-Nation: 8 Infantry battalions, a similar number of Citizen Militia, half a dozen Mountain Fusiliers battalions and a cloud of company-sized volunteer units...

Therefore, we should agree that our Imagi-Nationeers have had it quite easy so far, if compared to the real Catalan defenders... and these were nevertheless able to hold quite well King Philip's troops -until France entered in force, doubling an already overhelming Bourbon superiority.

This is why it's so key for our Imagi-Nationeers to seek a separate peace with our Imagi-France. Due to this very same reason, it has become key for Philip V to muster in Imagi-Spain all his available forces from Flanders and Italy as soon as possible, provided a likely French defection...