Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Balaguer capitulation

Balaguer, 9th September 1713


After 5 complete weeks of siege, Balaguer town has surrendered to the Spanish forces under General Bracamonte's command. Despite the walls sorrounding the town had resisted quite well besiegers' bombardments so far, casualties, disease and desertion had reduced the local Coronela citizen militia to less than a shadow of its former strength. With the perspective of an enemy assault and plunder in sight at a very short term, the municipality authorities wisely decided to send a messenger in enemy lines, asking for capitulation terms.

General Bracamonte quickly understood he had to ease the town releasing, by refraining himself from imposing unacceptable conditions, so that he accepted to respect lives and properties. Hurried by the likely menace of a Catalan counter-attack lead by the fearsome Marquis de Poal, Bracamonte also conformed not to take any retaliation on the militia leaders or definitely disbanding the unit. Nevertheless, he required all weapons in town to be surrendered to him, as well as the Coronela battalion flags. In exchange, the municipality was granted the flags would not be taken away from Balaguer, but just guarded under arrest at his army headquarters.

5 comments:

Jordi said...

It seems that finally the borbonic troops have accepted to fulfil the laws of the war.

abdul666 said...

I almost read 'Bubonic troops' as in 'bubonic plague'! Does this 'work' in Catalan?

An inevitable defeat after an unexpected crushing victory, such are the fortunes of war. Yet for the time the balance appears to remain shifted to Galatan advantage. That the Hispanic commander refrains to indulge in wanton cruelty may reflect it -and is a good thing in any case.

Soldadets said...

Bubonics? :D

It would fairly fit as a sarchastic joke in our language too...

I've supposed General Bracamonte would behave with a pragmatic attitude, in spite of King Philip orders. Sure he's risking some kind of retaliation, and he likely knows -but he's also aware this solution is fairly better than risking to be taken by the rear by Marquis de Poal troops...

Salvador said...

Bubonic XD
In Catalan, "borbonic" is pronounced as "burbonic". We pronounce "u" as the "ou" in "Louis" ;-). So it's even closer that you might think.
In respect to General Bracamonte, maybe he heared about General Castillo and wants to ensure a fair treatment in the case he ever gets hosted by Galatan forces...
Sorry for Balaguer, but I have but one doubt: the resisting troops are to quit the city and march to their own lines, or they will just be licensed and come back home?

Jordi said...

The Coronela is tied to the city, so there will remain .
Maybe any volunteer will want to go to find the troops of Poal.