Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pushing fast and hard

Main front, 15th November 1713

Accordingly to his outlined overall strategy, Marquis of Aitona has given little rest to his columns, after smashing one of the Catalan main corps at Montblanc. This way, he's ordered his Guard Brigade to quickly head northwards again, to join those of their forces currently facing a second Catalan big column at Panadella heights. Simultaneously, another Spanish column has left the just conquered town of Montblanc with the aim of joining these forces above. If nothing unexpected breaks the Spanish commander plans, when all three forces finally gather to each other, they would more than double the Catalans at Panadella heights. If the upcoming engagement was succesful, this would mean high chances of a second overwhelming victory in less than 10 days' time. The end of the Catalan Army would be closer than ever.

All the Spanish effort is now concentrated at such offensive manouevre, so that little moves else have been performed by them this week: the garrison of Lleida city has been reinforced with a couple of batteries, and small troop movements have been observed around Tarragona.

Worth to be noted one troop move on the French side: a small detachment of dragoons has been reported to march southwards from Perpignan --apparently carrying with them the Catalan prisoners captured at Girona some months ago.


Andreu said...

I think that the Catalan army should be placed in the triangle Cardona-manresa-barcelona. Three strongholds that would diminish the possibility of a lethal confrontation with the Marquis.

Jeroen72 said...

I'm wondering a bit a the lack of field fortifications, fortified lines and the like.

I thought they were quite common during the Marlburian period, in the broadest sense??

Sorry for the late reaction :P

Jordi said...

For now there is a fairly advanced field fortification to Vilafranca, but there was no time to prepare anything else.