Sunday, June 10, 2012

Massacre

Montblanc, 12th November 1713

Just one week earlier, General Bellver's troops had been able to hold Montblanc town against all odds, but things wouldn't run that good any longer. The Spaniards had managed to cut off all their supply lines, so that Bellver had no other choice than spreading his force for foraging in a wide perimeter. This way, an unexpected second, lightning fast Spanish attack took Montblanc defenders by surprise.

1) Some miles northeast to town, St. George's Regiment horsemen suddenly met a powerful Spanish army that finally overrun them in less than two hours: see MurdocK's MarauderS AAR.

2) Almost simultaneously, a huge Spanish force stormed Montblanc itself from south. There was nothing the exhausted defenders could do --however, they tried: this the battle account by MurdocK's MarauderS too, who proxy gamed both fightings.


November Eleventh would forever become a date of ill-fated memory to the Principality of Catalonia. Only a handful of men were lucky enough to escape the double battle of Montblanc, where hundreds of Catalan soldiers lost their lives --including the Colonels of IR6 Our Lady of the Disempared and IR7 Saint Narcissus, Josep V. Torres and Joan Madrenas respectively.

In spite of the horrific casualties rate straightly due to the battle itself (66% Cavalry, 33% Miquelets, 38% Infantry), many Catalan soldiers survived the fight though; they withdrew from the battlefield leaving behind weapons and equipment, running desperately for their lives... with quite a varying fortune.

Miquelets were the luckiest of all because, skillfully led by Colonel Amill, they entered the foothills of Prades Range beyond reach of pursuing enemy. They were some 500 or 600 men (=12 figures), along with most of their officers.

St. George cuirassiers also managed to escape the slaughtering --about 200 men (4 figures) under command of Lieutenant Colonel Josep Comes, who successfully led them in southwest direction until finally meeting the Catalan Guards, who were waiting for them at Santa Coloma de Queralt town.

Nobody else escaped, though.

Lacking any cavalry to protect their retreat, the Catalan army main body was literally massacred by the Spanish cavalry in their pursue. Some 600 infantrymen (12 figures) and 100 artillerymen (2 figures) were mercilessly hunted this way, like rabbits. Among them, Lieutenant Colonel of IR6 Our Lady of the Disempared, Francis J. Mayans. Only a huge luck allowed General Bellver and Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Wahrelst from IR7 Saint Narcissus to spare their lives.

Both have been captured. All flags of IR6 Our Lady of the Disempared and IR7 Saint Narcissus are in Spanish hands too. Both regiments must be counted as destroyed.

[On the map above, thin yellow arrows show pre-battle Catalan moves, thick magenta arrows represent the Spanish attack lines and thin blue lines show Catalan withdrawals --either successful or not.]

4 comments:

Jeroen72 said...

Ouch...That's a horrible defeat :(

For completeness i would post Murdock's Montblanc AAR here too but that's just me ;)

abdul666 said...

Diplomacy has better to process at a quick step...

Soldadets said...

Jeroen, you might be right... I'd better modify slightly this post, in order to include at the start a link to each battle's AAR, wouldn't it be enough?

Abdul666, as I'm supposing a delay in news spreading of not less than one week at best, I'm confident that Versailles is right now being acknowledged of 2nd Montblanc (http://what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com/2012/03/catalan-thermopylae.html), along with the uprising of Lleida city. This should allow Princess Elisenda and Marquis of Vilana a comfortable lapse of time --if nothing unexpected happens!

MurdocK said...

Wow, quite a tale you are telling!

Glad to have been able to take part.

Thank you for the links to the Marauders Blog as it is great to get some more exposure.

Keep at your tale, who knows what the latter 18th century will bring?