Barcelona, 9th March 1714
Ermengol Amill entered the room with some embarrassment, due to the amount of great men clad in bright red coats at sight. For what he knew, there were standing face to him all the Army active generals, that had been summoned by Marshall Villarroel at the "Casa del General" (a building in Barcelona traditionally used as military headquarters). When some of the attendants turned toward him, Ermengol felt the impulse to stand at attention and salute them, but after noticing their relaxed attitude he suddenly recalled he was himself dressed in red too --due to having just been promoted to Lieutenant General the week before.
--Oh welcome Amill, I believe there's nobody left now --Marshall Villarroel greeted from a stage at the opposite side of room, and then started his speech without delay.
--Sirs, first of all I would like to express on behalf of Her Highness Princess Elisenda the gratitude to you all, for your tireless commitment and performance to the cause of Liberty, as well as for your readiness to stay in active service for the times to come. As far as She has let me know, each one of you deserves an award She will make public soon.
He coughed before continuing, now using his usual sharp tone of voice: --Praises end here, Sirs. We've got a lot of work still. As you all know, our Army is in process of being drastically reduced, so the overall command structure must change too. Please take a look at the diagram next.
Some rumors abruptly arose, especially among the Navy commanders. --Yes I know Sirs, I know --Villarroel cut off rumors harshly-- But this is what we have at hand right now. It would be useless to devise a command structure at our own convenience, to rule just a couple of dozens regiments and half a dozen ships. We'll have to get accustomed to this for some time.
--Whatever the case, it will be the duty of us all --YOUR duty, Sirs-- to squeeze ourselves for bringing Army and Navy to an excellence pattern in spite of size. God willing, the time will come when the Navy can assume the outstanding role it deserves. Moreover if we retain in mind that no clausule in Rastatt binds us to keep the Navy small. It's up to your wit to make it grow and gain strength, Sir Admiral.
--The coming days, our main job has to consist in producing a complete set of new Ordinances. Our Army is still ruled by those published by His Majesty King Charles eight years ago, and must be updated to the new situation. Economy and efficiency are key concepts there, Sirs. We've got a lot of work to do.
I'm not going to tell here the story about the Infantry reduction, or its inspection by the Two Crowns
legates. However, this one has been quite significant --even humiliatingly drastical to many eyes. Please judge by yourselves: