Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sea Fusiliers, to first line

Vilanova i la Geltrú, 26th September 1713

On the morning of a rainy day, a small fleet flying Catalan and Sardinian ensigns anchored face to the beach of Vilanova town, before proceeding to disembark an entire battalion of soldiers whose uniforms were brightly red instead of blue. These men belonged to Our Lady of Carme Sea Fusiliers Regiment, a new concept unit the Catalans had secretly formed in Sardinia island under supervision of General Prado, who also performed as their field colonel.

The Mountain Fusiliers regiment garrisoning the town then proceeded to give their place to the newly arrived regiment, once their colonel had acknowledged General Prado about the overall situation: as a general rule, all columns had received orders of taking advantage of the Spanish general withdrawal, with the aim of ceaselessly pressing and pushing them off as much as possible, before their two powerful reinforcement columns came into reach. Most of the Catalan regular units were now in first line, so that only a few Militia and Mountain Fusiliers battalions had been left at the rearguard.

-And what about the French? -General Prado suspiciously asked.

-They're withdrawing under truce flags, Sir. No aggressive activity on their side. -the Mountain Fusiliers colonel responded.

That was good. With their back conveniently secured, they still had a chance against the might of King Philip. A second Sea Fusiliers regiment was being completed in Majorca island, as well as a local battalion of Line Infantry. Besides, during his stay at Palma de Majorca city he was informed that a British volunteer brigade was already on the way -he guessed they would be at present reaching Finisterre waters. Warm season was about to come to an end, so that the Spanish reinforcement columns would have little time to progress.

They had to be stopped at all costs, he thought, to allow time for the diplomatic battlefield to be fought in Winter... if their legates had any chance, of course. Then General Prado got unquiet. Nothing was known anywhere about their plenipotentiary ambassador Marquis de Vilana, but he told nothing to the colonel. However, it became clear to him that something was going wrong with the Marquis.

2 comments:

abdul666 said...

As always, a mixed bag of good news and bad ones: "Something was going wrong with the Marquis de Vilana". Yet I feel his group is more alert and watchful than Lady Elisenda and her companions -but may meet more deadly opposition: his mission, all said, is probably more decisive.

Soldadets said...

Wait and see, dear friend -or better, wait and read...